CALVIN Abueva just can't catch a break in this tournament.
'The Beast' checked out of the Philippines' final group stage match in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup against Qatar with what initially appeared as a sprained left foot.
The Alaska star slipped on his own at the 2:01 mark of the second quarter and was visibly in pain while clutching his left foot before being carried off the court by teammates.
He left the game with five reboubds and three assists to go along with a solitary point in 12 minutes and 18 seconds of play.
A report by the official coveror of the tournament bared Abueva's injury isn't major and he'll be up and ready for Gilas' quarterfinal match on Wednesday, either against Korea or Japan.
The injury is just the latest in a string of tough breaks for the former NCAA MVP from San Sebastian, who was ejected in the first quarter in Gilas' 96-87 conquest of China following a head butt on Li Gen.
Abueva was hampered with foul trouble in their 84-68 win against Iraq, finishing with just three points and a rebound in seven minutes and 19 seconds of action.
Gilas is already without naturalized player Andray Blatche and three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo (Calf) while Blatche's replacement, Christian Standhardinger, has been hampered by a stiff neck.
Philippine fans can now only hope for the best while they hold their collective breath for 'The Beast.'