Watching Alaska super rookie Calvin Abueva play 10 games in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup was quite amazing.
Well, he’s been amazing as a San Sebastian Stag after leading the NCAA in scoring, rebounding and passing this past season.
But what’s even more amazing for Abueva was how he has managed to keep his cool even though this conference, he has been a seeming subject of physical tirades by opposing teams.
The 6’1″ Abueva was even hospitalized due to a nasal infection, which according to Alaska coach Luigi Trillo may have been aggravated when he was hit by Air21 center Rob Reyes during a looseball play in the two team’s encounter last November.
When I asked Abueva about the physical plays he’s getting in his rookie year, Abueva just said, he intends to play his heart out for Alaska.
“Laro lang at focus sa pag-improve ng game ko,” said the man they call the “Beast”.
Well, the “Beast” may have mellowed down upon reaching the PBA. But the one thing that remains “beastly” is his game as he averages more than 14 points and 10 rebounds per contest, one of only two players (the other being Petron forward Arwind Santos) to average in double-double this conference.
And we can surely expect more “beastly” performances as the PBA playoffs heat up starting Dec. 12.
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