Alaska shocked with Calvin Abueva’s Gilas exit but appeals to fans to respect decision

Alaska’s front office expects Calvin Abueva to be at his absolute best when the “Beast” rejoins the Aces soon after being left out of Gilas final 12 on Sunday.

Aces team governor Dickie Bachman said they were actually surprised to learn that the energetic Abueva was left out of the final Gilas roster.

“We had no details on why Calvin was cut but yeah, it surprised us,” Bachman told FOX Sports on Monday.

“But knowing Calvin, he’ll use that as a motivation and I’ll be waiting for that next conference,” he said with a smile.

The 6-foot-1 Abueva was considered a shoo-in for Gilas when his name was first included in the 24-man roster submitted to FIBA a few months back.

The former PBA Rookie of the Year actually took just several days off after the Commissioner’s Cup Finals before joining Gilas when it resumed practice mid-May.

He was eventually cut from the final 12, along with Ginebra veteran playmaker LA Tenorio as Gilas coach Tab Baldwin opted a taller roster that included PBA rookie Troy Rosario and NBA DLeague guard/forward Bobby Ray Parks.

Bachman said he, along with Aces team owner Wilfred Uytengsu, planned to give the “Beast” a 2-week off before playing in the Governors Cup.

“But knowing Calvin, after 2 or 3 days, he’ll probably be practicing with the team already,” said the Alaska team executive.

Bachman also appealed to Alaska fans to respect Baldwin’s decision to leave Abueva out of the Gilas picture.

“We know he has been trending last night (Sunday) but then, we have to understand that it’s (Abueva cut) is hard to explain,” shared the former Alaska backup big man-turned-team executive.

“It’s a tough decision for coach Tab to make because you have there Ray Parks and a healthy Ryan Reyes also, yet, we just have to respect coach and be patient,” he added. – By Richard Dy

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