IS Rain or Shine destined to become only the second team in PBA history to come back from a 1-3 deficit in the Finals and win the championship?
Big man Beau Belga thinks so, although he said it will take a lot of effort from the Elasto Painters to duplicate the feat achieved by Robert Jaworski and Ginebra San Miguel against Shell back in 1991.
“We have the momentum coming sa Game Six, but winning this (match) is gonna be hard. Kailangan lang trabahuhin kasi naniniwala kami na ito `yung destiny namin, and di kam mag-gi-give up,” said the 27-year-old former Philippine Christian University center.
For Rain or Shine to tie the series at 3-3 and get a shot at a winner-take-all match, Belga believes the Elasto Painters have to limit the production of San Mig’s Marc Pingris.
The 6-foot-5 Pingris wasn’t supposed to play in Sunday’s Game Five, but the hardworking power forward decided to suit up at the last minute and came through with an inspired game embellished by 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Too bad, the heroic effort went for naught as Rain or Shine eked out an 81-74 win behind the hot shooting hands of Jeff Chan.
Belga said he wasn’t surprised to see Pingris come up with such a gutsy performance despite nursing an injury to his right eye.
“Eh ganun talaga si Ping eh. Siya yung klase ng tao na never nag-gi-give up basta-basta kahit may masakit sa kanya,” said Belga, who came up with his first double-double game in the title series with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“Sobrang hard working guy siya (Pingris) kaya kailangan lang namin limitahan sa next game si Ping.”
The 32-year-old Pingris wore protective lens during Game Five after suffering an abrasion on his right eye when he was poked accidentally by Belga’s front court partner JR Quinahan in Game Four of the series.