PHOENIX Pulse coach Louie Alas has urged Calvin Abueva to improve his decision making with the Fuel Masters trailing in their best-of-seven semifinals series against San Miguel in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Alas said he reiterated to Abueva his importance to the team prior to Game Three after being noticeably involved in a few physical plays in the series against San Miguel.
“Siguro for the longest time, kahapon ko na lang uli siya kinausap. I told him na six years ago nung nasa Alaska ka, ganyan ka ka-lakas. That’s the positive thing na nangyayari sayo,” said Alas, referring to his recent play for Phoenix Pulse.
“Six years, dapat may nagbago na sayo. Sabi ko, iimprove mo ‘yung decision-making mo,” Alas said.
Alas reminded Abueva that a mistake could lead to repercussions to the Phoenix Pulse’s chances of winning the series.
“Two less mistakes Calvin, kapag one possession game, baka ‘yun ang maging difference. ‘Yung less turnovers or less missed decisions, ‘yun lang ang iimprove mo,” Alas said.
Abueva has been involved in a few controversial calls, including in Game Two where he got entangled with Christian Standhardinger during a battle for the ball that led to Standhardinger being thrown out after he kicked Abueva in the groin area.
Abueva was also fined P15,000 after he flashed a dirty finger in front of the television several times during Game Two.
“Pinag-uusapan namin, we can’t afford to lose you on technical fouls. Nireremind lang namin. (Pero) nasa brink pa rin. Talagang Calvin being Calvin,” said Alas.
Alas, however, said he will continue to allow Abueva to be himself.
“Gaya ng sinabi ko, hindi ko siya masyado binibigyan ng rules kasi baka makahon eh. ‘Yun ang strength ni Calvin. Parang ibong malaya. Nakakalipad,” said Alas.