ALASKA rookie sensation Calvin Abueva said he is just taking his game to the next level as the stakes become higher in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
And that's the reason he merely shrugged off accusations made by San Mig Coffee superstar James Yap that he’s playing too physical for comfort to the point of playing dirty in their ongoing semifinals series.
“Talagang physical na lahat, semis na eh,” said the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s rookie draft.
`The Beast’ suggested that if San Mig's two-time league MVP can't deal with the physicality on the court, Yap should just take up another sport.
“Lahat naman ng laro physical, hindi ba? Kung isa sa amin ayaw masaktan, eh di mag-chess na lang siya.”
Yap, who is enduring a back problem in the series, complained about Abueva’s 'cheap shots' and 'flopping' during Game Two of their semifinal series, one which saw the Mixers lose by a mile, 67-86.
The veteran shooting guard said the former NCAA MVP was purposely hitting his aching back during the game.
But Abueva said all the contact and the skirmishes are part of the game, and warned that both teams should brace for war as the series wears on.
Asked if he will back down, Abueva said: “Siyempre hindi. Maglalaro ako, di bale na may sakit basta makapag-basketball ako. Dream ko ito eh, bakit ako bibigay.”
If Game Two was not physical enough, Abueva said he’ll be more aggressive in the succeeding games if that’s what it will take for the Aces to win.
“Next game mas mag-expect pa sila na magiging physical ang laro, mas pahihirapan ko pa si James (Yap),” he said with conviction.
“Para sa akin ibinigay ko na `yung best ko kanina,” he added after holding Yap to just five points in 21 minutes of play. “Next game mas pipikunin ko pa siya. Kung kaya kong gawin `yung ginawa ko kanina, gagawin ko pa sa next game, or kung mas maganda, hihigitan ko pa.”