Hurt by Gilas before, Beau wants his Asian Games to count: "Ayoko ma-out"

Paul Lintag on Aug 13, 2018 11:50 AM
Hurt by Gilas before, Beau wants his Asian Games to count
At the peak of his PBA powers, Belga was a fixture in the national team pool but he never made it to the actual national team for a major tournament.

Finally.

Beau Belga has been hurt by the national team before and yet here he is, competing for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

At the peak of his PBA powers, Belga was a fixture in the national team pool but he never made it to the actual national team for a major tournament.

Big Beau was a cut from the Final 12 three times pretty much, he missed the 2013 FIBA-Asia Championships in Manila, the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, and the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.

That's why making the national team in 2018, despite the uncoventional nature this whole team has, is pretty special.

"Masarap. Masarap sa pakiramdam na napasama na rin sa wakas," Belga said as he serves as one of the leaders of the "Gilastopainters" in Indonesia for the Asiad.

"Very thankful ako kay coach Yeng [Guiao] sa tiwala. Kailangan na lang suklian yung tiwala na yun," he added.

In the past, Belga's stint in the national team was his sacrifice to the country.

After being cut, he could only take solace in the fact that he did everything he could to help Gilas. And that counts in the grand scheme of things.

"Kumbaga tulong mo na lang din yun e kasi we have a lot of big guys noong stint ko," Belga said.

"Nandoon si Andray, nandoon si June Mar, si Japeth, si Ping, si Ranidel so mahirap talagang makapasok unless maglalaro ka ng ibang posisyon. Ako parang ano na lang, it's help for the group na talagang nag-sacrifice and very thankful din na napasama," he added.

Now that he's in the national team for real, Belga doesn't want the whole experience to last just two games.

He, together with the entire Gilas crew, will go all out in Indonesia.

"Ako sa totoo lang, ayoko ma-out sa first round," Belga said.

"Di mo alam eh, kung ano mga tsansa mo di ba. So ayoko lang ma-out muna. Kasi ibig sabihin nun uuwu na kami, ayoko lang ma-out," he added.

 

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