Apr 29, 2018

Calvin Abueva shows why he is nicknamed 'The Beast'

Calvin Abueva has always been Alaska's energizer bunny.

But after his performance on Sunday, he may also be called as "Mr. Intangibles."

The tireless forward set aside his offensive woes and came through despite missing all of his 10 shots to make his imprint in the Aces' 93-74 win over Blackwater.

"Di ako makascore eh. Kaya dinaan ko na lang sa maibibigay kong assists sa teammates ko," said Abueva, who willingly did the dirty work with his 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks.

Majority of those contributions happened in the fourth quarter, where Alaska shrugged off a late rally from Blackwater after seeing what was once a 30-point lead go down to as low as seven, 66-59 early in the fourth quarter.

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Abueva orchestrated the offense for the Aces and set up his teammates, specifically Vic Manuel, as they once again zoomed ahead and cruised to the 19-point win.

"Pagpasok ko nung fourth quarter, doon ko binuhos yung aggressiveness ko. Ang nasa isip ko lang, basta makascore ang mga kakampi ko, ok na ako," he said.

Though he didn't score as much, Abueva could take pride knowing that he had his fair share of contributions for Alaska as it eyes to get itself going this 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

"Doon sa unang game namin, parang na-rattle kami at parang pagod ang itsura namin. Ngayon, kinuha lang namin yung magandang sistema na ginawa namin sa last game at tinuloy-tuloy lang namin sa game na ito," he said.

Abueva and the rest of the Aces shift their focus on Columbian Dyip, scheduled on Friday.(DL)

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