CALVIN Abueva said he drew motivation and energy from the verbal sparring he had with San Mig's James Yap and Marc Pingris as he came through with another inspirational performance in Game Three on Wednesday night at the Big Dome.
The Alaska super rookie was all over the court in Game Three, fearlessly driving the lane, hustling for every loose ball and every rebound, finishing off fast breaks, and picking himself up each time he fell.
Abueva finished with 24 points - 17 of them coming from the second half on - to go with 10 rebounds, three assists and a block, letting his game do the talking after a word war that saw Yap accuse him of playing dirty and Pingris threaten to show him what physicality is all about.
"Noong nabalitaan ko 'yun (sinabi ni Pingris), mas gumanda pa ang laro ko, mas na-motivate pa ako kaya ang ganda ng laro ko ngayon," said Abueva, a wide smile on his face after an 89-82 victory that gave Alaska a 2-1 lead in their Commissioner's Cup semifinal series with San Mig.
Abueva, who fired his own verbal salvo during the post-Game Two exchange, said he made it a point not to let the word war take away his focus.
"Ayos naman, wala naman yun (palitan ng salita) eh," said the former San Sebastian star. "Kumbaga siguro, ginawa nila yun para magbago laro ko, para bumaba ang laro ko."
'The Beast' vowed to put on another monster performance when the Aces go for the kill on Saturday.
"Kung ano ang ginawa ko sa Game One, Game Two at Game Three, mas hihigitan ko pa para sa Game Four sigurado, panalo na," Abueva said.