Mac Belo owns up to crunch-time blunders vs Magnolia

Mac Belo owns up to crunch-time blunders vs Magnolia
The damage had already been done and only what Belo and the team could say is to move on.

"Walang blowout [party]."

Blackwater forward Mac Belo was disappointed that he and his team could not give head coach Leo Isaac the perfect birthday gift for his 57th birthday, which largely involved the letter 'W".

Belo admitted that he incurred mental lapses in the late stages of the game wherein the Elite, which trailed by as much as 18 points, managed to stage a comeback to eventually knot things up at 72 in the waning stages of the game.

As Blackwater went to the next possession, the ball only managed to stay in the former Tamaraw's hands, and was locked down by Ian Sangalang, and subsequently turned the ball over as he dribbled and stepped across the halfcourt line.

"Akala ko tatawagan ng foul [si Sangalang] eh, ayon pero nagkamali nga, masyado ako nag-relax so on my part, mental lapses," Belo said after the game.

Magnolia then turned the ball over which led to a two-on-one fastbreak between him, teammate John Pinto, and Pingris. Belo drove to the basket, but passed it to the cutting Pinto, who blew the potential game-tying lay-up.

"Yun din (mental lapse) kasi may situation na pwede ako mag-lay-up pero mas pinili ko siya ipasa so medyo kinapos yung tira ni Nard [Pinto]. Sabi naman ni coach na walang sisihan."

The damage had already been done and only what Belo and the team could say is to move on.

Asked what they could have done differently, Belo lamented that the team should have started better, since they used up most of their energy in mounting the comeback.

The Blackwater Elite have now lost four straight and may extend it to five as they face defending champions San Miguel on Sunday, and the former #1 pick says that the team needs to do a lot of soul-searching.

"Mahirap. Mahirap pumunta sa practice na laging natatalo. Kami naman kailangan humanap ng ways para manalo, so tignan namin, kung ano ang ways to improve as a team."

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