MANILA, Philippines – Mac Belo turned heads and sparked the Philippines to its first victory when he uncorked a tournament-high 30 points plus 11 rebounds in a 98-86 win over Kazakhstan in the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran, Iran on Tuesday, September 13.
The 23-year-old forward out of Far Eastern University shot 11-of-18 from the field with 3 triples, 3 assists, and two steals as he preyed on every crack in Kazakhstan's defense to lead Gilas Pilipinas to a breakthrough after 3 straight losses.
Belo's 30 points are only 4 shy of Indian Vishesh Bhriguvanshi's 34 to lead all scorers in the tournament.
Belo, who was named Finals MVP after leading the Tamaraws to the UAAP title last season, is currently the second leading scorer of the tournament, averaging 21 points and shooting over 50% per game.
Only naturalized player Darquavis Lamar Tucker of Jordan is above the longtime Gilas cadets team member with 21.3 points per contest.
Belo and Tucker are on a collision course with the Philippines set to face Jordan on Wednesday, September 14, to wrap up second round Group E action.
Check out Belo's impressive performance in the video above and check out the full game highlights of Philippines vs Kazakhstan below.