Friday, May 24, 2013

Beau Belga for Gilas Pilipinas team, says Rain or Shine owner

Rain or Shine center Beau Belga has been invited to join the practice sessions of the Philippine national men’s basketball team as part of a PBA selection to help the squad train for the FIBA Asia Championship.

But for Elasto Painters co-owner Raymond Yu, the burly center deserves a shot to be considered for the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team that will compete in the region’s top basketball competition.

“Sa palagay ko kailangan ng national tean ng klase ng player katulad ni Belga,” said Yu in a telephone interview with InterAKTV.

Belga is one of the PBA’s most unique players. A brute on the defensive end, he is one of the league’s most skilled big men on offense, able to hit the outside shot and take his opponents off the dribble with his surprising athleticism.

He proved his mettle against international opponents after leading a group of PBA players to victory over the Shanghai Sharks earlier this month.

Belga’s inclusion in the national squad carries no issue with Rain or Shine management, which has committed to support the Gilas program by lending as players for the squad as it needs.

Two members of the Elasto Painters, Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan, are mainstays in the national team, helping Gilas win the William Jones Cup last year.

Apart from Belga, two more Rain or Shine stars, Paul Lee and Chris Tiu, have been invited to participate in Gilas practices to help train the national squad.

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