PBA: After scuffle with Slaughter, Belo feels the love from Ginebra fans

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 11, 2018 10:47 PM
PBA: Belo feels the love from Ginebra fans
Blackwater's Mac Belo earned the ire of Ginebra fans for mixing it up with returning Gin King Greg Slaughter

BINAN, LAGUNA - In a rare show of emotion, Mac Belo had some sort of intense interaction with Greg Slaughter on Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena here. 

Late in the third quarter of their matchup, Blackwater's Belo and Ginebra's Slaughter got entangled during a rebounding sequence. 

Afterwards, the two exchanged words before walking away from one another. 

Not long after, though, Belo went right back at Slaughter and the former flashed fingers – the particulars of which are up for debate – right at the face of the latter. 

The Elite sophomore was slapped with a technical foul for second motion. 

Asked about the intense interaction after the game, the usually stoic Belo answered, "Part of the game na lang. Siyempre, malaki siya so siguro, napasok lang sa isip ko na kasi, siyempre, natamaan din ako e." 

He made it clear, however, that even with the Gin Kings all-out domination that eventually ended as a 105-91 win, what happened on the court stays on the court. "Yun lang yun. Wala lang yun," he expressed. 

Still, right after the intense interaction and right until the final buzzer, Belo became the target of jeers from the obviously pro-Ginebra crowd. 

And so, each and every time he touched the ball, several hecklers could be heard shouting sweet nothings at him. Reacting to all those, he said, "Wala. Hindi ko na pinansin. Nag-ano lang naman sila..." 

He then paused before finishing his sentence, "...Paglalambing lang."  

What matters for the Blackwater star now is that he and his side finally get going as they are winless through five games. "Ngayon, kailangan namin I-build yung character namin as winners. Kailangan naming mag-improve as a team with (new head coach) Bong [Ramos]," he said. 

He then continued, "Kailangan buo kami, nasa isang page lang kami. Yun yung iwo-work namin." 

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