Mac Belo overcomes cramps to earn UAAP Finals MVP award

Naveen Ganglani

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Mac Belo overcomes cramps to earn UAAP Finals MVP award
FEU's Mac Belo would not allow fatigue to 'cramp' his style in the UAAP championship win over UST

Mac Belo of FEU had to be carried off the court due to cramps in the fourth quarter, but not before putting the Tamaraws ahead for good. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – FEU Tamaraws superstar Mac Belo ended his UAAP career in the best possible fashion as he led his team past the UST Growling Tigers, 67-62, in Game 3 of the finals and was named Finals MVP for his contributions on Wednesday, December 2.

Despite battling through bouts of cramps, Belo finished the game with 23 points and 8 boards to finish the finals with averages of 17.3 points and 10.7 rebounds a game.

Nanduon lang yung teamwork namin, tsaka yung spirit talaga namin na never give up. Yun talaga yung binuhos namin sa game,” Belo said on the hardwood of the Mall of Asia Arena just moments after the final buzzer. 

(Our teamwork was there, as well as our spirit of not giving up. That’s what we really put in this game.)

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With white confetti falling, Belo said about the game: “Hindi ko mapaliwanag. Sobrang aggressive na, lahat talaga ibubuhos na.”

(I can’t explain it. We were just so aggressive that we were giving our all.)

Belo, who told his coach Nash Racela that he wanted to play through the cramps, said that the victory was worth the pain.

Binuhos ko na lahat eh, kaya siguro nag cramps. Pero worth it. Worth it,” he said.

(I gave it my all, which is probably why I was cramping. But it was worth it.)

Belo received a lot of help too. Mike Tolomia scored 13 points in the title-clincher while Roger Pogoy went on a personal 7-0 run in the fourth period and wound up with 14 points and 6 rebounds.

Belo also spent a lot of time guarding UST veteran Kevin Ferrer, who was limited to just 6 points on 2-of-7 shooting. –

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