For a perennial title contender, there’s no greater motivator to act together than the fear of an early vacation.
That seemed to be the case for Beau Belga and the rest of Elasto Painters, who rediscovered their lethal form in whipping the young Mahindra squad while snapping their 2-game losing skid on Friday.
Just months away after clinching the Commissioner’s Cup, the Painters couldn’t get any momentum to compete for the top spot with their inconsistent showing as of late. But after realizing the dangerous waters they were in, Belga was quick to address that they mean business from now on.
“Kailangan manalo eh kasi medyo nanganganib kami ma-out this conference,” he said. “It’s time na mag-step up at magsama-sama kami.”
Walking his talk, the Philippine Christian standout chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds as four other locals also clicked.
“In-assert ko yung sarili ko na mag-perform sa game, lalo na sa offense,” he said. “Past games namin, pasa ako ng pasa eh. Sabi ko sa sarili ko, subukan naman natin tumira. Baka sakali, wala namang masama.”
Belga said letting go of Dior Lowhorn allowed them to go back on their strength of finding the open man.
“Ayun nga, maganda ang pasahan at ikot ng bola. Alam namin kung paano kami maglaro,” he said, noting he liked the attributes that their new import Jason Forte could bring.
Just three games in their elimination schedule, the burly slotman said that their team’s chances could only get better in time.
“Tried and tested naman ang team namin. Kahit nag-struggle kami, darating ang time na gagaling din kami,” said Belga. – By Jason Mercene
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