Gilas Cadet or PBA: Tough decision soon for D-League MVP Mac Belo

Mac Belo keeps living in the big moments of his basketball career and he has no plans on stopping any time soon with how he performed in the recently-concluded Aspirants’ Cup of the PBA D-League.

And as Phoenix-FEU reached the cloud 9 with a triumphant Game 5 victory, so is Belo’s PBA stock.

After leading FEU to their 20th title in his senior year, Belo impressively and effectively translates his game to the semi-pro league after helping Phoenix Accelerators win their first championship while adding another MVP trophy to his collection

“Talagang hindi ko alam ang sasabihin ko. Sobrang blessed at sobrang sulit ang lahat ng pinaghirapan namin,” said Belo after their title-clinching game over CafeFrance on Thursday.

Proving he is cut above the rest, Belo consistently posted big numbers for the Accelerators, averaging 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, highlighted by his D-League record-shattering point production of 41 in a single game in the eliminations.

The North Cotabato native continued his roll and even excelled in the best-of-5 finals series, delivering 21.6 markers and 11 boards per game as he proved to be a mismatch even up against a championship caliber-team like CafeFrance.

And with the title on the line in the do-or-die finale, Belo’s clutch and heroic plays gave the necessary boost for the Accelerators to cap off the conference with a title.

“Buti na lang nung second half, sa tulong ng coaches at teammates ko, sobrang tiwala nila sa akin. Sabi lang nila tira lang ako ng tira kapag open,” said Belo. “Sa awa ng Diyos pumasok.”

Together with his fellow seniors Mike Tolomia, Russel Escoto, RR Pogoy, Al Francis Tamsi, and Achie Inigo, Belo shared the UAAP championship experience helped them prepare in the all-important game.

“Nagpay-off yung hard work ko, lahat naman pinaghihirapan at walang madali,” he added, downplaying his tag as the top amateur player as of now.

The 23-year-old forward will have a tough decision to make for his future as he is bound to choose whether to apply for the PBA draft or serve as a Gilas cornerstone in the Cadet program that is reportedly set to revive this year. – By Jason Mercene

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