CHANGSHA, China – Shaken but unbowed.
Showing he’s one tough hombre, Calvin Abueva shook off the cobwebs after the hard fall he suffered in Gilas Pilipinas’ opening game in the Fiba Asia Championship against Palestine on Wednesday.
Coach Tab Baldwin said there’s no reason to worry about the condition of ‘The Beast’ heading to the team’s second game in the Olympic qualifying meet for Asia against Hong Kong.
“He’s okay,” said the American-New Zealander coach about Abueva, who banged his head hard on the court of the Changsa Social Work Colleges gymnasium following a bad fall in the second half while going for a rebound against the Palestinians.
“He’s probably hurt, but he wasn’t injured,” Baldwin added.
Abueva though had to be taken out later following the fall, and had his lower back massaged by a Gilas staff at the sideline.
The Alaska power forward went on and finished the game with five points and eight rebounds, the second best in the team behind the 14 of naturalized player Andray Blatche.
But he and fellow Gilas newcomer Terrence Romeo appeared to have tired after playing extra minutes in the second half. Romeo saw action for 21 minutes - the most for the team behind Blatche - while Abueva was fielded in for 19 minutes (fourth highest in the team).
“Terrence and Calvin we’re doing a pretty good job, but they put in a long stretch of minutes during that third and fourth quarter and they tired like everybody else,” said Baldwin.
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