Calvin Abueva hopes Alaska can duplicate SMB feat

Alaska is just one loss away from getting swept in the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, but as far as forward Calvin Abueva is concerned, the championship series isn’t over till Rain or Shine gets its 4th win.

“Hindi pa naman namin iniisip yun (Rain or Shine sweep) dahil may Game 4 pa,” Abueva told media men after Alaska fell short in its rally to suffer a 112-108 defeat to Rain or Shine Wednesday night.

The Aces now trail, 0-3 in the Finals.

Alaska played lethargically during the middle quarters after trailing by as much as 27 points against a hot-shooting Rain or Shine on Wednesday night.

But a gutsy endgame rally saw them close in behind the valiant efforts of RJ Jazul, import Rob Dozier and Chris Banchero, before time time ran out.

Just last January, the Aces were on course for their 15th PBA title after erecting a 3-0 bulge against the San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Cup Finals.

But in a twist of fate, Alaska lost its last 4 games to become the 1st team in PBA history to lose in the Finals after erecting a 3-games-to-none-lead.

The 6-foot-1 Abueva, a cinch to win his 1st-ever Best Player award in his PBA career, said the Aces will try to take it one game at a time and hopefully, mirror San Miguel’s most recent accomplishment in the league.

“Sa Friday, tingnan natin kung maganda ba ang mangyayari, kasi kapag nakaisa, mas iigitingin pa namin. So sa Game 4, subukan lang,” he added, before leaving the Big Dome in haste. – By Richard Dy

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