CALL it Typhoon Beau.
Before Ruby (hopefully not) hits the metropolis, another storm came a day earlier in the form of Beau Belga, who poured in a barrage of triples to lead Rain or Shine to a 100-90 victory over Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday night.
The veteran big man was on target from long distance, connecting on four of his six attempts from beyond the arc, the first three in the opening quarter and the last with five minutes and 47 seconds left in the game that stalled the momentum of a 23-8 Ginebra run.
Thus, Belga, who came in averaging just 9.2 points, matched his career high with 21 points on top of five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in just 25 minutes.
The Gilas Pilipinas pool member insisted there was no conscious effort to pull the trigger more often this time.
“Wala naman. Sabi ko lang pagkana-libre ako, tira,” he said after the game. “Eh nagkataon na yung first two shots ko sa three points libre talaga, so in-attempt ko lang. Nung na-shoot, sabi ko baka may kasunod pa. Nung nasundan, baka may pangatalo.
“Hindi naman ako pagnakaka-shoot, parang ang gusto ko sundan pa eh. Hangga’t nakaka-shoot lang,” he added. “Pag nag-mintis, ‘di maghanap naman ng ibang puwesto.”
With the semifinal slot now in the bag, Belga said the Painters will enjoy the short break.
“Kailangan yung pahinga, pero hindi pwede mawala sa kondisyon.”
After all, he has learned from past mistakes.
“Nangyari sa akin last season, nag-semis din kami tapos nag-relax na ako eh. Kung baga na-kuntento na ako sa semis,” Belga recalled. “Tapos nag-finals kami, parang wala na ako sa kundisyon, madalas na ako mapagod.”
“Ngayon hindi pwede,” he added as his team targets a third straight finals appearance in the all-Filipino conference.