ANTIPOLO — Ever since he entered the league, Rain or Shine big man Beau Belga has utilized his burly figure almost to perfection in bullying his defender inside the paint.
Not until he met TNT import Joshua Smith on Sunday night.
Belga found his life harder down low as he was forced to match up against the tank-like body of Smith, which took only one possession for the former member of ‘Extra Rice Inc.’ to realize all of that.
“Sobrang bigat, kala ko nung una typical big man na mala-June Mar, mabigat pero nung binangga ko sabi ko ‘putek grabe yung bigat’ nung una,” said Belga of the 290-pounds Smith.
The former PCU stalwart admitted he called for back-up at the mercy of Smith, especially when their import Duke Crews was ejected from the game.
“Sabi ko di kaya kailangan ng katulong and ‘yun nga,” he said.
But no Rain or Shine double team worked as the Georgetown still delivered down the stretch, scoring 15 of his 23 points in the second half to tow TNT to victory.
Belga also rued the huge contributions from TNT’s local big men Mo Tautuaa and Kelly Williams.
“Limited minutes siya maglaro, ang kaibahan lang pag sinub siya locals ng TNT ganun pa rin para ka ring may import kay (Mo) Tautuaa at Kelly (Williams).
But known for his no-backing down attitude, Belga is looking forward to the challenge of defending Smith anew should they meet early in the quarterfinals.
“Sana lagi siyang katapat pero nakakapagod and alam niya pano gamitin heft niya so it’s a big problem pag natapat samin sa playoffs,” he said.
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