After missing more than a year because of a suspension, Calvin “The Beast” Abueva has been bent on making up for missed time.
He’s doing just that in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals against the TNT Tropang Giga as he notched consecutive double-doubles to lead Phoenix to within a win away from their first finals appearance in franchise history.
His all-around play earned him the unanimous choice as Cignal TV– PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period November 16-22.
Abueva stepped up big time when Phoenix was in search of a hero following the ankle injury that befell star wingman Matthew Wright in the opener of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.
The San Sebastian product heeded the call and averaged 22.0 points on 55% shooting as well as 14.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 3.0 steals.
Plagued by early foul trouble in the series-opener, Abueva settled for a 13-point, nine-rebound output as the Fuel Masters dropped a close 92-95 loss against the Tropang Giga in the match that saw Wright held to just six minutes of play due to a sprained right ankle.
Abueva however, came back with a bang in the next two games of the series. “The Beast” pumped in 20 markers, 15 boards, four assists and two steals as Phoenix took Game 2, 110-103, then followed it up with 24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals in a Game 3 triumph, 92-89.
“Basta ako, step-up lang. Binibigay ko lahat, energy at effort. Pag nandiyan yung effort, kaya mo ibigay lahat para sa team,” he said. (JNP)