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‘Walang bakawan’: Bello credits Elite’s unselfishness on rousing 3-0 start


Miles Morales

The spotlight may be on rookie sensation Bobby Ray Parks Jr. after the Blackwater Elite started the PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 3-0 slate. But for Mac Belo, the team’s unselfishness should also be credited for their stellar start.

“Naglalaro kami para sa bawa’t isa, hindi lang sa sarili namin, kumbaga kung sino yung mainit siya yung binibigyan nung bola. Kaya malaking tulong din sa’kin mga teammates ko kasi willing passers sila kaya nao-open,” Bello said after the Elite’s 118-110 runaway of Columbian Dyip.

“Wala ka nang ibang gagawin kundi titira na lang,” added the 26-year-old from Midsayap, North Cotabato.

Actually, Bello himself should also get the spotlight as he has his fare share of hardwork in the Elite’s rousing start.

After collecting 6 points and 8 rebounds — highlighted by a go-ahead bucket of an offensive board — in their 94-91 overtime win over the Meralco Bolts in the conference’s opening day last May 19, Belo followed it up with a 20-point, 13-rebound, 6-assist outing in a stunning 108-107 OT victory over defending champions Barangay Ginebra San Miguel five nights later.

And on Sunday, the three-year pro out was part of the Elite’s well-deployed attack to compound on the woes of Columbian Dyip, 118-110, as he finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.