Santos says Belo didn’t get enough touches in SMB rout of Elite
Arwind Santos thinks Mac Belo’s woeful performance against San Miguel is just a blip in his promising rookie year.
Belo was limited to just four points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field and Santos feels Blackwater was unable to get the most out of its forward on Friday.
“Ok naman si Mac pero kanina, parang di siya pinapasahan ng nga kasama niya eh. Parang mabibilang mo lang kung ilang beses sya pinasahan ng mga kakampi nya,” Santos observed. “Dapat tingnan din nila yun kasi sayang yung talent ng bata. Si coach Leo (Isaac) ang makakapagdikta ng ganun, more plays pa para kay Mac Belo.”
(Mac was ok but earlier, it’s like he didn’t get enough touches. You can count the times when he got the ball. That’s something they should look at because the kid is talented. Coach Leo has the say on that, more plays for Mac Belo.)
With Belo silenced, the Beermen raced to a 29-point edge before cruising to a 25-point victory, their fifth straight win.
Santos believes that his fellow FEU alumnus still can show more than what he did in the duel, and it’s just a matter of the San Miguel defense working to a tee against the Elite.
“Pinaghandaan din namin sila kasi alam namin na may kakayahan sila na talunin kami. First and second quarter, maganda talaga ang ginawa namin defense and offense kaya nalamangan namin sila ng malayo at nahirapan sila makabalik nung huli,” the 2013 MVP said.
(We prepared for them because we know they have a chance to beat us. We really played well in the first and second quarters, our offense and defense worked, that’s why we led early and they had a hard time recovering.)
Santos has no doubt Belo will make it big in the PBA.
“Oo naman, may ibubuga pa sya. Naga-average sya ng 17 points per game. Kanina lang, parang wala silang play, kanya-kanya sila so baka gigil din sila manalo,” he said.
(Yes, he can perform more. He’s averaging 17 points per game. It’s just earlier, it seems like they didn’t have a play, they’re playing one-on-one, so they badly wanted to win.)
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