Calvin Abueva came up with a statement game on Saturday night as he tries to pick up the pieces of their Philippine Cup Finals meltdown.
Abueva scored 25 points, 3 shy of his career-high, in just 24 minutes to lead the Aces to their second straight victory after opening the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a loss.
“Hindi ko na iniisip yung bawi-bawi, kasi past na ‘yun eh. Move forward na dapat,” Abueva said after his scintillating performance in a 128-102 lopsided win against a free-falling Rain or Shine side at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Aces looked so good that they did not need Abueva to play in the fourth quarter in their big romp of the Elasto Painters.
Abueva had 19 in the first half and added six in the pivotal third quarter where Alaska blew Rain or Shine away, extending a 5-point halftime lead into 17, 95-78, heading into the final quarter.
Abueva shot 9-of-16 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from deep, while adding eight rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
“Lahat ng mga yan, ineensayo ‘yan. Mukhang maganda (ang gising ko kanina),” Abueva said of his season-best effort.
While it was hard for him to swallow the bitter Finals loss where they squandered a 3-0 series lead last conference, Abueva said he already moved on and looks forward to winning a championship soon.
“Ibang conference na ‘to eh. Ibang laban. Mahaba pa naman ang season eh at marami pang conference. Sana maka-isa kami,” Abueva said. – By AA