Donbel Belano

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Felix 'Donbel' Belano
Personal information
Born (1976-12-24) December 24, 1976 (age 40)
Tagum City, Davao del Norte
Nationality Philippines
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 178 lb (81 kg)
Career information
College University of the Visayas
PBA draft 1999 Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Pop Cola Panthers
Playing career 1998–2010
Position College Coach
Career history
As player:
2001 Sta. Lucia Realtors
2002–2009 Talk 'N Text Phone Pals
2009–2010 Barako Bull Energy Boosters
2010 Sta. Lucia Realtors
As coach:
2011–2014 UV Green Lancers (CESAFI)

Felix Belano (born December 24, 1976 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte), is a Filipino retired professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association and the former head coach of the UV Green Lancers.

Playing career[edit]

Belano started his professional basketball career with the Davao Eagles in the Metropolitan Basketball Association.

On August 14, 1999, he earned the distinction as the only player to record a quadruple-double in the annals of Philippine basketball during a game against Willie Miller-led Nueva Ecija Patriots, when he tallied 17 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 steals. With this feat, he changed his jersey number from 9 to 42. He was the rookie of the year in the 1999 season.[1]

He was drafted 14th overall by Pop Cola in the 1999 PBA Draft but did not play a single game with the franchise. In 2001, he signed with Sta. Lucia Realtors as a free agent. In May 2002, he was traded to Talk 'N Text for Gherome Ejercito.

His stint with the Talk 'N Text would be the most remarkable in his career. During Game 7 of the 2007 PBA Fiesta Conference Finals against the Alaska Aces, he had a shot that would have forced an overtime. At the end of the season 2009, he was left unsigned. Before the start of the 2010 season, he was signed by the Barako Bull Energy Boosters. Then, before the Fiesta Conference, he was acquired by the Sta. Lucia Realtors and played with the team until it disbanded.

After Sta. Lucia's disbandment and eventual sale to Meralco, with no team to sign up with, he decided to retire.

Coaching career[edit]

Belano served as the head coach of his alma mater, the University of the Visayas Green Lancers in the CESAFI.[2] He helped the Green Lancers win the title against the SWU Cobras in 2013 after being down 0-2 of their best-of-five series.[3] After losing to the Cobras in their 2014 rematch, he was fired at the end of the 2014 CESAFI season.[4]

Belano has pioneered the Outstanding Basketball Enhancement for the Youth, otherwise known as OBEY,[5] which offers PBA-based basketball training to private institutions in Cebu, trailblazing basketball sport as a career path of choice for the new generation of K-12 learners.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Boy Cabahug
UV Green Lancers men's basketball head coach
2011-2014
Succeeded by
Gary Cortes