CALVIN Abueva has made it known he feels more secure with Rob Dozier manning the paint for Alaska moving forward in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
Taking over from Shane Edwards, Dozier made his conference debut on Friday and anchored the Aces' defense in their 104-98 win over NLEX in the last day of the elimination round.
“Syempre dun sa laro ni Shane saka ni Rob, talagang magkaiba. Ang layo di ba?” Abueva compared.
“Si Rob kasi mas nakakaano tayo sa mga depensang pang malakihan talaga,” he explained. “Si Shane, parang kumbaga nasa wingman na laro niya eh, pero sa banggaan parang nawawala kami e. Mas hindi kami tumitibay.”
With Edwards’ numbers dwindling in his last few games, Abueva shouldered more of the load and once again in Dozier’s return, putting up 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting, highlighted by three triples, on top of eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 28 minutes against NLEX.
Did his new hairstyle have anything to do with his inspired play?
“Hindi ko masabi kung saan ko nakukuha basta lalaro lang ako kung hanggang 'yung lalaro ko,” Alaska's 'Beast' said with a smile.
Abueva said he is looking forward to Dozier getting in better shape in time of the Aces’ playoff run.
“Hinahabol namin 'yung kundisyon din ni Rob tapos inaano pa namin na i-create pa namin na nasa poste talaga siya.”
“Tapos 'yung running game namin, yung depensa namin, talagang inaano pa namin (na makasabay siya),” he added.