RAIN or Shine big man Beau Belga knows the team’s current winning streak in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup won’t mean anything if the Elasto Painters won’t play consistently in the playoffs.
The 6-foot-6 Belga stepped up big-time in Rain or Shine’s 106-96 quarterfinal win over Globalport on Wednesday to steer the franchise to its third straight semifinals stint.
But after looking at the game statistics and realize how the Elasto Painters blew away 15-point lead before recovering in the endgame, Belga is convinced the team will have to keep improving on executing its plays if it wishes to make the All-Filipino Finals for the second straight time.
“Consistency namin on offense saka on defense ang kailangang i-improve. Di mo masasabing kahit eight straight wins ka na, eh kung di naman aabot sa Finals, useless din eh,” Belga said after finishing the game with 17 points, six rebounds, four steals, and one block shot in 17 minutes of action.
Belga said after taking the day off on Thursday, the Elasto Painters will work their tail off in practice as they prepare for an expected gruelling best-of-seven Final Four series against the winner of the Petron-Barako Bull quarterfinal tiff.
“Basta kapag nagpapanalo, mas huwag mag-relax. Saka kahit sino, di na namin iniisip. Basta kami nasa semis, kung ano ibigay sa amin, yun na lang,” said Belga.
“Kami naman yung klase ng team na di nag-ba-backdown.”
The four-day respite gives Rain or Shine time to heal especially gunner Jeff Chan who is still down with a throat infection,
JR Quinahan, the other half of the team’s “Extra Rice Inc.” frontline together with Belga, on the other hand, hurt his right knee in the final minute of the Elasto Painters’ game against the Batang Pier.