Beau Belga

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Beau Belga
No. 30 – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Position Center / Power forward
League PBA
Personal information
Born November 30, 1985 (1985-11-30) (age 28)
Gubat, Sorsogon, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
College Philippine Christian University
PBA draft 2008 Round: 1st / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
Pro playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
2009–2010 Air21 Express
2010–2011 Meralco Bolts
2011–present Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

Beau Michael Vincent Belga (born November 30, 1985 in Gubat, Sorsogon) is a Filipino professional basketball player[1] for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Early Life and College Career[edit]

He was born and raised in Gubat, Sorsogon and is the eldest among the three siblings. His father was a family driver while his mother was a plain housewife. At a young age, he helped his grandmother sell balut, penoy, and other stuff. He finished his high school education in Sorsogon. As a kid, he was very thin and was being bullied, and as a way of escape, he focused his attention to basketball.

He decided to go to Manila and study at Philippine Christian University. He was recruited to play for PCU Dolphins by the school's swimming coach while he was playing billiards with his friends. While at PCU, he, along with future PBA stars Gabby Espinas and Jayson Castro, helped the team win its first ever NCAA title against host school University of Perpetual Help in 2004.

Professional career[edit]

He was the seventh overall draft pick by Purefoods in 2008 before being traded to Burger King. He found his niche as a basketball player while playing for Coach Yeng Guiao's Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. He is also known as one half of Rain or Shine's Extra Rice, Inc. tandem, alongside JR Quiñahan, due to their size.

Playing for Gilas Pilipinas[edit]

In 2013, Belga was added to the Gilas Pilipinas training pool that competed in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, and was considered the "13th man", since he was the last man cut from the 12-man national team roster.[2] In 2014, he was included in the Gilas roster that will play for the upcoming 2014 FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China, 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, and 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.[3]

Career Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of July 7, 2014 [4]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008-09 Purefoods/Burger King 40 15.93 .537 .258 .535 4.00 0.80 0.53 0.07 5.85
2009-10 Burger King/Air21 38 22.84 .426 .231 .702 6.26 1.24 0.61 0.63 7.87
2010-11 Meralco 41 20.10 .460 .290 .680 5.07 1.34 0.34 0.34 6.73
2011-12 Rain or Shine 53 22.04 .423 .247 .648 5.08 1.30 0.55 0.45 6.75
2012-13 Rain or Shine 57 22.26 .361 .247 .619 5.88 1.72 0.58 0.33 6.84
2013-14 Rain or Shine 58 22.31 .439 .296 .628 5.07 1.59 0.66 0.45 8.66
Career 287 21.11 .430 .266 .638 5.24 1.37 0.55 0.38 7.17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Painters find import-less Aces easy pickings". GMA News. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.solarsportsdesk.ph/bk/bkeditorial/2013/06/02/the-curious-case-of-beau-belga-s-inclusion-to-gilas-pilipinas
  3. ^ http://www.spin.ph/sports/basketball/news/belga-says-inclusion-in-gilas-pilipinas-pool-a-perfect-chance-to-prove-his-worth-
  4. ^ "Beau Belga Player Profile". pba-online.net. 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2014-07-09.