Watching Calvin Abueva’s monster performance on Tuesday against Talk ‘N Text revealed something to PBA fans – the “Beast” is back.
He is just 6-foot-1, but the 2012 PBA Rookie of the Year was all over the court. He’d crash the board with ferocity, a quality he had been known for since his college days at San Sebastian.
Abueva also acted like the go-to-guy against the Tropang Texters, unafraid to make the big baskets when Alaska needed one as the shot clock winds down during the game.
In the end, the 26-year-old flamboyant Aces forward capped his monster effort with the game-winning layup, breaking the hearts of the Tropang Texters.
Alaska won, 100-98 after fighting back from an 18-point, third quarter deficit.
At this point, I don’t think anybody in the league could match the kind of energy Abueva displays every game.
And after being part of Alaska’s closed-door training camp with Australian coach Rob Beveridge, it looks like the “Beast” is slowly maturing in his professional career and embracing Alaska’s “we-not-me” battle cry more and more.
For the moment Abueva sets foot on the court, he’s all business. He wouldn’t mind if the person in front of him is eight inches taller than him, but he would use his athleticism and leaping ability to go for the rebound.
The Alaska third-year veteran forward said given the team’s run-and-gun attack under Alex Compton, displacing the triangle offense that the team has been known for since the time of Tim Cone, he feels he and the rest of his teammates can only get better.
“Sa dugout, sabi ni coach na di pa huli ang lahat. May second half pa, so bigay niyo gusto niyo basta yung pinapagawa ko gawin niyo bahala na kayo sa opensa niyo,” recalled the Angeles City, Pampanga native.
Okay, it’s just two games into the 10-day-old 40th PBA season, but if Abueva keeps his eyes on the prize and forget about his troubled sophomore season, seeing Alaska celebrate with a 15th championship this season would be doable.