Calvin Abueva a cinch to win 1st BPC award

Alaska wingman Calvin Abueva appears to have a lock for a 1st-ever Best Player award despite trailing behind Barangay Ginebra slotman Greg Slaughter and GlobalPort hotshot Terrence Romeo in statistical points at the end of the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal round.

The 6-foot-1 Abueva is at 3rd spot in the BPC race with 32.7 SPs, behind Slaughter (34.2) and Romeo (33.0).

But the former San Sebastian star has the edge against his 2 top rivals, being the lone contender for the top individual award who has reached the Finals for the mid-season conference.

The energetic Abueva averaged 17.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.5 steals in 27.9 minutes to helps the Aces reach the Finals for the 3rd straight conference. Alaska earned the right to face Rain or Shine in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals after outlasting top seed Meralco, 3-2 in their semifinal series.

Th 6-foot-11 Slaughter failed to steer Barangay Ginebra past the quarterfinals after getting swept by Rain or Shine, 2-0.

The sweet-shooting Romeo, on the other hand, saw his GlobalPort team finish at the bottom-four of the eliminations.

Veteran combo guard Jayson Castro, currently at 4th spot in the statistical race, also bombed out of the playoff race after Tropang TNT lost to Abueva and Alaska in the quarterfinals.

The statistical points comprise 40 percent of the criteria for the BPC award, 30 percent from the media, 25 percent from the players and 5 percent from the Commissioner’s office.

Although Abueva has yet to win a Best Player award in his 4-year professional basketball career, he reiterated during the Finals press conference on Thursday that his immediate goal is to help the Aces win a championship. – By Richard Dy

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