Rain or shine Beau Belga of the Elastopainters at the PBA Philippine Cup. –PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines — Beau Belga made history at the Araneta Coliseum following Rain or Shine's convincing victory over Converge in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday.

Belga recorded his first career triple-double in the Elasto Painters' 110-90 victory over the FiberXers, which caught the attention of coach Yeng Guiao.

And of course, in true Guiao fashion, he began his eulogy with a little jab.

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“Gano'n talaga pag tumatanda ka, tumatalino ka”, said the coach jokingly, referring to Belga, 37 years old. (That's how it goes. The older you are, the wiser you are.)

“I think he completed the game well. Not having Keith (Datu) is a big loss, so he had to work double time and he did just that.”

The forward dropped 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the team to a 2-4 record.

In addition to the victory, another icing on the cake was the fact that Belga was the first local Rain or Shine player to achieve the rare feat.

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The PBA veteran said it was his sense of urgency spurring him to fill out the stat sheet and get everyone on his team involved.

“I needed to improve a little more and with the help of my teammates the job became easier,” Belga said in Filipino.

The three-time PBA champion also emphasized that he was not trying to chase the triple-double prize.

But with the Elasto Painters' eagerness to see the story, Belga went out and gave them what they wanted to see.


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“There were moments when I almost got it (triple-double), but I never forced it. Earlier, though, the whole bench was telling me, 'one more assist!' so I said to myself: ok, I'll try.

But with Belga in the All-Filipino conference underway, he is currently averaging 13.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.



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