ANTIPOLO CITY – Alaska stretched its winning run in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday after fighting back to nip Globalport in overtime, 105-98, at the Ynares Center.
Yet Calvin Abueva is not entirely pleased.
“Sana mabago namin yung first half namin na struggle kami tapos bigla kaming babawi sa second half,” said Abueva, who turned 30 on the day the Aces won their sixth straight in the all-Filipino conference to crowd leaders Magnolia and defending champion San Miguel at the top of the standings.
“Kasi pagdating ng second half bigla na lang kaming nagigising.”
That was the case against the Batang Pier when the Aces found themselves trailing by as much as 62-75 late in the third quarter, before putting their act together in the payoff period to force overtime behind the timely scoring of JVee Casio, rookie Jeron Teng, and Chris Banchero.
Vic Manuel then took over in the extra period, firing seven of his team-high 21 points as the Aces improved to a 6-2 (win-loss) record.
“Sana yung first half kung ano yung pinapakita namin sa second half doblehin pa namin,” said the native of Angeles, Pampanga who finished with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds, but shot 4-of-12 from the field.
Nonetheless, ‘The Beast’ welcomed the win as a fitting birthday gift for him especially as he goes through a difficult phase both in his family and personal life.
“Siyempre naman (on Alaska winning on his birthday). Binigay Niya ito (sa amin),” he said.
And his birthday wish?
“Maging buo akong tao at maipakita ko na nakatayo ako sa sarili kong paa na walang iniisip at kung anuman,” he stressed.
Abueva, father to four kids, also expressed how he longs to see his children on this special day.
“Ang importante makasama ko yung mga anak ko kahit dito man lang sa birthday ko,” he said. “Kaso baka sometime next week (na lang).”