Beau Belga

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This name uses Philippine naming customs. The middle name or maternal family name is Esparrago and the surname or paternal family name is Belga.
Beau Belga
Beau Belga - Gilas Practice.png
No. 30 – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Position Center / Power forward
League PBA
Personal information
Born November 30, 1986 (1986-11-30) (age 29)
Gubat, Sorsogon, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 280 lb (127 kg)[1]
Career information
College Philippine Christian University
PBA draft 2008 Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
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
Career highlights and awards

Beau Michael Vincent Esparrago Belga (born November 30, 1986 in Gubat, Sorsogon) is a Filipino professional basketball player[2] for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the Philippine Basketball Association. He also starred in TV5's sitcom No Harm, No Foul as Bo Abelgas.

Early life[edit]

Belga 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 housewife. At a young age, he helped his grandmother sell balut, penoy, and other goods. He finished his high school education in Sorsogon. As a kid, he was very thin and was often bullied; as a way of escape, he focused his attention on basketball.

College career[edit]

He decided to go to Manila and study at Philippine Christian University. He was recruited to play for the 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, where he was known as one of the league's toughest players. While with Rain or Shine, he also became teammates with J.R. Quiñahan, and together they formed a duo in the low block, called the Extra Rice, Inc., owing to their weight and huge appetite.

International career[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.[3] 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.[4]

PBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played  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 September 7, 2015[5]

Season-by-season averages[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Purefoods Tender Juicy / Burger King 40 15.9 .537 .258 .535 4.0 .8 .6 .1 5.9
2009–10 Burger King / Air21 38 22.8 .426 .231 .702 6.3 1.2 .6 .6 7.9
2010–11 Meralco 41 20.1 .460 .290 .680 5.1 1.3 .3 .3 6.7
2011–12 Rain or Shine 53 22.0 .423 .247 .648 5.1 1.3 .6 .5 6.8
2012–13 Rain or Shine 57 22.3 .361 .247 .619 5.9 1.7 .6 .3 6.8
2013–14 Rain or Shine 59 22.4 .439 .295 .627 5.1 1.6 .6 .5 8.6
2014–15 Rain or Shine 53 19.9 .378 .231 .597 4.5 2.3 .6 .4 6.9
Career 341 20.9 .422 .257 .631 5.1 1.5 .6 .4 7.1

References[edit]

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