CALVIN Abueva admitted Alaska’s local production left much to be desired in Game One of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against Rain or Shine on Friday night.
The Aces star was among those lacking as he tallied only nine points on 4-of-13 shooting, although he had 10 rebounds, three assists, and one steal against three turnovers in 32 minutes, forcing Rob Dozier to carry most of the load.
“Nasa momentum naman siya (Dozier),” Abueva said. “Binibigay naman natin sa import, pero kulang pa rin 'yung suporta ng local. Dun nagkulang yung opensa namin.”
Abueva’s sub-par showing was partly due to a sprained right ankle he suffered after stepping on the foot of E-Painters enforcer Beau Belga in the second quarter.
“Masakit, kumukirot,” the Best Player of the Conference candidate admitted. “Pero as a player, pagdating ng crucial, ‘di mo na iintindihin yan. Kinapos lang talaga.”
Asked if fatigue was a factor after they Meralco took them to the limit in their five-game semifinal series, Abueva said the E-Painters were fresher.
“Dun sa semis pa lang, nakapagpahinga at nakapag-prepare sila kaysa sa amin na one day preparation, mas mahirap,” he admitted.
Still, Abueva vowed to make the necessary adjustments in Game Two on Sunday.
“First game pa lang namin, makakapag-adjust pa kami sa ginagawa nila.”