Belo responds to Racela’s ‘Patay kung patay’ dare with Finals MVP
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 02, 2015 10:39 PM
ALL OF ME. Mac Belo left everything on the court as he led FEU to a new league-record 20th championship.
We all know Nash Racela to be this amiable guy who can never seem to get angry.
Apparently, however, Far Eastern University’s coach has a grittier side to him.
As Racela himself shared, written on the board inside the Tamaraws’ locker room in the decisive game of the entire UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday was “Patay kung patay.”
Challenged by their mentor, it was team captain Mac Belo who led FEU in giving their all. So much so that he had to check out of the game twice due to cramps.
Half-joking and half-serious, team manager Mark Molina shared, “Sabi sa akin ni Mac, ‘di bale nang ‘di siya mag-PBA, basta mag-champion dito sa UAAP.”
Battling through cramps, the versatile forward still collected 23 points and eight rebounds while also keeping in check University of Sto. Tomas’ Kevin Ferrer throughout. It wasn’t his only good game either as his consistent effort for the entirety of the series got him Finals MVP nod as well.
For his part, Belo said that even if he didn’t win the individual honor or if he wasn’t able to return after cramping up, he still had full faith in the other Tamaraws to bring home to Morayta a 20th championship. As he said, “Nagtitiwala ako sa teammates ko. Malaki yung tiwala namin sa isa’t-isa.”
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