AFTER another failed PBA title attempt, Calvin Abueva said he is turning his focus to Gilas Pilipinas and its coming campaign in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Manila.
“Ang paghahandaan natin ngayon yung Gilas,” he casually said moments after the Aces lost the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship to Rain or Shine Elasto Painters following a 109-92 loss in Game Six on Wednesday night.
The national team already resumed its practice for the Manila leg of the qualifier on Wednesday, although Gilas members playing in the title series including Abueva, were exempted from the three-hour practice at the Meralco gym.
The Alaska forward said he’ll show up at Gilas practice at the soonest possible time, especially if coach Tab Baldwin will require the presence of those who were not around on the first day of training.
“Depende kung tatawagan ako agad,” said the 28-year-old Abueva, named the Best Player of the conference.
Abueva also offered no excuses for another runner-up finish by Alaska - its fourth over the league's last five conferences.
“Hindi rin naman masakit. Ganun naman, may nananalo, may natatalo,” said the Alaska star, who led the Aces in a losing cause with 26 points and eight rebounds.
Alaska lost the title series, 4-2, and emerged second placer again for the second time this season. In all, the Aces finished runner-up for the third straight conference, dating back to last year’s Governors Cup.
“Yun na, apat. Apat na talaga,” he said, noting the number of times Alaska finished second place since winning the Commissioner’s Cup championship in 2013. “Talo talaga.”