Sprained ankle and all, there’s no pain that will tame the Beast.
Calvin Abueva bucked an injury in the opening half and returned with a bang scoring a career-high 29 points to power the Alaska Aces to a come-from-behind 103-101 win over an undermanned but fighting GlobalPort Batang Pier on Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Sans their top two stars Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle, GlobalPort controlled the game from the get-go getting a huge lift from their new import Shawn Taggart, who impressed in his debut with 36 points and 16 rebounds. The Batang Pier even led by as many as 15 in the first half with Taggart drawing solid support from the locals led by Paolo Taha and Keith Jensen each chipping in 8 first half points.
But Abueva came back and took the swag out of GlobalPort punching in 18 of his total points in the final half as the Aces completed the comeback.
“Nagpapasalamat talaga ako kay God. Di niya ako pinabayaan kahit na-injured ako. Binigyan pa ako ng lakas para makalaro sa huli,” Abueva said after the game.
Similar to what he did to Brgy. Ginebra’s import Othyus Jeffers, Abueva successfully got into the nerves of Taggart, who was held down to only 14 in the final half after banging in 22 points in the first 2 quarters
“Talagang hindi kami gumive-up. Hindi kami bumitaw sa ginawa naming good start nung third quarter,” added Abueva, who also collected 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in a show of brute force.
Alaska improved to 5-1 and 5-0 with replacement import Shane Edwards in tow.
Edwards finished with 21 and 11 while adding 4 shot blocks for the league-leading Aces. – By AA