IS it in the hairstyle?
Alaska star Calvin Abueva couldn’t provide a concrete answer, but not a few noticed the resurgence in his game in the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals coinciding with his decision to dump his gold braded hairdo ridiculed by Rain or Shine rival as 'parang pancit canton.'
“Hindi ko pa masabi yun. Baka pag nakuha natin (yung championship),” was the curt reply of the undersized Alaska power forward when asked about his decision to cut his hair and go with a simple, black tomahawk shortly after the Aces went down 0-3 in the best-of-seven series.
There’s no denying, however, that since he abandoned his previous haircut, Abueva’s game has also stepped a notch higher.
In the twin victories by the Aces, the Best Player of the Conference awardee averaged 17.0 points and 11.5 rebounds. He actually held the fort for the team in Game Five during the stretch when the Elasto Painters were rallying, scoring 10 of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter of an 86-78 win.
He did say though, that more than the hairstyle, it was the sense of urgency that compelled him to go all-out and not allow Rain or Shine to embarrass Alaska with a sweep of the finals.
“Nag-double effort na talaga kami unlike the first three games,” said the former NCAA MVP from San Sebastian, who, by the way, got his new hairdo from Lar's Republic - a barbershop in Mandaluyong frequented by top cagers.
But while Abueva and the Aces may have regained some of their swagger now that they’re just behind 3-2 in the series, the 28-year-old pride of Angeles City is careful not to be overconfident.
“Huwag lang lumabas yung maging kumpiyansa na kaya natin, kasi lahat yan pinaghihirapan,” he stressed.