CALVIN Abueva felt good right in his first official practice as part of the Gilas Pilipinas training pool.
While Alaska mentor Alex Compton is part of the staff of national coach Tab Baldwin, Abueva said he’s still feeling his way around as he finds his place in the American-New Zealander’s system.
“Siyempre ang sine-set ko dito kung paano makitungo sa kanila, kung paano ako makikihalubilo sa kanila,” said Abueva at the end of the Monday night training at the Meralco gym in Ortigas.
“Sa ngayon, wala pa ako masabi sa kanya (Baldwin), pero pinu-push niya ako na, 'Go to work,' 'You can do it,' at tiwala naman ako sa sarili ko and sa teammates ko.”
Despite relatively new to Gilas, ‘The Beast’ appears to be feeling right at home with the team.
“Masaya, nakakabigla ang ensayo, pero happy naman eh. Masarap, masarap sa pakiramdam,” Abueva told Spin.ph.
The Alaska bruiser failed to attend Gilas’ informal practice that began last week as he focused on Manila North’s stint in the Manila leg of the FIBA 3x3 Tour.
Abueva teamed up with Vic Manuel, Karl Dehesa, and Troy Rosario for Manila North, which booked a berth in the Fiba 3x3 World Tour final following its runner-up finish to NoviSad in the Manila leg final.
He and Rosario went to Gilas training just a day following the conclusion of the 3x3 event.
“Syempre may 3x3 tayo, hindi naman natin basta matatanggihan 'yan,” he said.