CALVIN Abueva is playing down his individual brilliance for Alaska in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but won’t mind if he would end up duplicating a unique feat he accomplished in college.
The Alaska star, the only player to lead a league in points, rebounds, and assists – a feat he did in his final NCAA year for San Sebastian in 2012, has been shining in more ways than one anew, ranking in the Top 10 among locals in five statistical categories.
Coming into the rematch against San Miguel Beer on Wednesday, Abueva ranked seventh in scoring (16.3 points), fourth in rebounds (8.7), eighth in steals (1.3) and blocks (0.8), and 10th in assists (3.5).
But the 28-year-old utility player insisted he hasn’t been keeping track of his numbers, conceding that imports would normally dominate the midseason tournament.
“Hindi ko (iniisip) kasi ngayon talagang malalaki ang kalaban dahil sa mga import,” Abueva said in a chat with Spin.ph. “Nilalaro ko lang yung laro ko.”
“Binibigay ko lang yung laro ko kaya siguro nakukuha ko yung stats na ganun,” the Best Player of the Conference candidate added. “Pero hindi naman siguro halos ibibigay sa akin lahat yun kung hindi rin naman mananalo.”
Abueva continued his all-around performance against the Beermen, shrugging of a sluggish start to finish with 12 points, seven boards, five assists, one block, and one steal in 30 minutes.
Although still far off, Abueva still has a chance to translate his exploits from college to the pros if he keeps this performance up.
Mon Fernandez, according to league old-timers, came closest to achieving the amazing feat in 1984 when the four-time MVP almost averaged a triple-double – leading the league in assists (9.9), but only ranking second in scoring (27.3) and fourth in rebounds (11.2) that season.
Abueva, of course, welcomes the possibility of doing what no man has done in the pros.
“Oo, kung ibibigay sa akin, talagang magagawa ko yun,” said the man they call 'The Beast.' “Pero syempre sa panahon ngayon, talagang malalaki ang kalaban, iba-ibang ginagawa rin para ma-stop ang isang tao, kaya kung ano yung mga nagagawa ko ngayon, dine-deretso ko lang.”