by Waylon Galvez
Rain or Shine veteran center Beau Belga said that being on top of the standings at this stage of the PBA Philippine Cup would all be useless if they are not able to get the job done.
The team claimed the No. 1 spot in the standings with a 6-1 card after dealing Phoenix Pulse Fuel its first defeat in six games with a 98-94 overtime win Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Title lang sa eliminations yun. Useless yung 6-1 and top seed kung hindi ka aabot ng malayo sa conference na to,” said Belga, as the team claimed the first quarterfinal spot this conference.
“Yun yung pinaka-challenge sa amin. We still have to work hard just like sa mga ginagawa namin sa mga games namin,” added Belga, who matched the output of sophomore guard Kris Rosales with 16 points.
Rain or Shine has already played seven games this past month and some players have gone down due to injuries or fallen ill. But for Belga, they hardly have reason to complain since they are winning.
They are scheduled to face the Magnolia Hotshots on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City. After the Wednesday games, the PBA will take a break to give way to the country’s campaign in the sixth and last window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers. The national team meets Qatar in Doha on February 21 and Kazakhstan in Astana on February 24.
The league resumes on February 27. Rain or Shine returns to action on March 3 against the TNT KaTropa at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City. They face Columbian Dyip three days later (March 6) at the Araneta Coliseum and end their elimination round campaign on March 15 against the Meralco Bolts at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
“Hopefully we can sustain the good start we have right now,” said Belga.