Alam niya tendencies ko eh -- Belo on losing to former FEU coach Racela

Mark Escarlote on Jan 17, 2018 11:36 PM
Alam niya tendencies ko eh -- Belo on loss vs. ex-FEU coach
Syempre alam niya ‘yung mga tendencies ko -- Blackwater forward Mac Belo on losing against former college coach Nash Racela.

Mac Belo was put in check by his former college coach.

His presence was hardly felt when the Nash Racela-coached TNT KaTropa defeated Blackwater, 92-83, Wednesday night in the 43rd PBA Philippine Cup at the Big Dome. 

After averaging 20 points in the Elite’s first three games, Belo was shackled to just nine markers in a hellish 4-of-18 shooting, missing all of his six attempts from beyond the arc.   

“Bukol. Hehe,” Belo joked when asked if his bad night was due to the defensive pieces his former Far Eastern University coach Racela threw at him. 

Belo played under Nash in three of his four seasons in the UAAP, winning a title together in 2015 before the Midsayap, South Cotabato native decided to forego his last playing year the following season.    

“Syempre alam niya ‘yung mga tendencies ko,” said Belo, who grabbed 13 rebounds. “Matagal ko siyang coach sa FEU.”

It was a terrible shooting night for Belo and for Raymar Jose, another ex-FEU player coached by Racela, who scored only seven points. 

“Sa akin naman, kailangan ko pa matuto sa ganun,” said Belo. “(Sa) kung anong mga defense binabato niya sakin. Kailangan ko pang pag-aralan.”

While Belo and Jose struggled, TNT guard Roger Pogoy, another former Tamaraw who played for Racela in the UAAP waxed-hot.

Pogoy posted 24 points in a crisp 10-of-14 shooting clip spice with eight rebounds, three assist and a pair of steals for the KaTropa.

“Sinabi lang ni coach Nash talaga is basahin ‘yung depensa ng Blackwater. Kasi aggressive sila eh,” he said. “Kung magmamadali kami lalo kaming matataranta.”

Blackwater has yet to defeat TNT since it joined the league in 2014.

 

 

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