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Blackwater to give Mac Belo 3-year extension

Blackwater will give Mac Belo a three-year maximum extension deal worth P16.2 million this week.

"He's got very good working attitude, very hard working and a good model player for the team," Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy told ESPN5 on Monday.

Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan is pleased with how Belo has bounced back strong after enduring a series of injuries over the past two years.

"Mac Belo has gotten his groove already and has been healthy for the past two conferences," said Dimaunahan. "That is attributed to his work ethic and dedication in doing his best to be in best shape with the help also of our conditioning coach Da Olan and our physical trainers, namely Fro Labrador and Jon Cabanos."

Belo is seen as a leader for Blackwater moving forward, especially after the Elite made personnel movements by trading away 2018 second overall rookie pick Bobby Ray Parks, Allein Maliksi, Raymar Jose and Mike DiGregorio.

"We are all happy to see Mac compete at a high level and a very important piece in our system," added Dimaunahan.

Belo came into the PBA after being selected by Blackwater in the 2016 special draft. He is averaging 11.67 points, 5.56 rebounds and 1.56 assists in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup.

The Elite, though, are at the bottom of the standings with a 2-7 record, tied with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

Meanwhile, Dimaunahan sees a lot of upside with the addition of Don Trollano and Anthony Semerad, whom the team acquired, along with a 2021 first round pick in exchange for Parks.

"We got two defensive guys who are also good offensive players especially at the three spot. Those two guys are willing to do the dirty job," shared Dimaunahan.

Trollano is expected to contribute right away as he makes his debut for Blackwater on Wednesday against San Miguel. Semerad, though, won't be available until next season as he's seeking treatment in Australia due to bone spurs.