Calvin Abueva won a tournament-leading third Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award after another brave effort in Alaska's 100-92 win against Star on Saturday’ in a road game in Davao City.
The 6-1 1/2 forward scored nine of his team-high 21 points in the last six minutes as the Aces snapped a two-game slide and secured a quarterfinal seat with its sixth win in nine starts in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The former PBA Rookie of the Year added six rebounds while providing his customary game-long hustle to beat the likes of Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter and Chris Ellis, Meralco’s Cliff Hodge, Tropang TNT rookie Troy Rosario, Rain or Shine’s Jeff Chan and NLEX’s Sean Anthony for the citation for the period covering March 28-April 3.
The 28-year-old Alaska wingman credited Alaska coach Alex Compton for his top form.
“Lahat kasi kami binibigyan ng kumpiyansa ni coach. Hindi lang ilang players ang iniikot niya kaya siyempre, kami naman as a player, magta-trabaho talaga para manalo ang team,” said Abueva, who is averaging a career-high 16.56 points this conference, to go along with 7.89 rebounds and 3.33 assists.
Alaska improved to 6-3 overall, just a full game behind leader Meralco’s 7-2 card. The tournament format will have the Top 2 at the end of the single-round eliminations securing twice-to-beat incentives heading to the playoffs.
The Aces clash with the Bolts in a critical match this Thursday before closing their elimination round assignment against the NLEX Road Warriors in the final playdate on April 15.