FLAMBOYANT Alaska forward Calvin Abueva urges import Henry 'Bill' Walker to be more aggressive on offense especially at crunch time to avoid a loss similar to the one the team suffered against Air21 on Friday night in the PBA Governors Cup.
Momentum was obviously on the Aces’ side when they took an 86-82 lead over the Express in the final three minutes as playmaker JV Casio sparked an 11-2 blitz to turn the game around.
But the Aces went silent after that as they were held to just a single field goal the rest of the way, allowing the Express to pull off a 91-88 win at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Abueva believes Walker should have taken the cue and took over for Alaska for the finishing touches.
“Yung sa import kasi namin simula first quarter to fourth quarter, puro bunganga eh. Wala `yung sa last game namin na nag-create (siya),” Abueva told Spin.ph after the game.
“Kulang pa rin ng energy to take charge (in the endgame),” he added.
After averaging 25.3 points during his first three games, the 6-foot-4 Walker was held to just 13 points by Air21’s defense. The former NBA journeyman who had stops with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks, shot only 4-of-13 from the field.
The 26-year-old Walker though added 12 rebounds and eight assists, just two short of a triple-double.
Walker banged in 27 points, dished off 10 assists, and added seven rebounds in Alaska’s 103-91 triumph over Talk 'NT Text on Monday.
Nevertheless, Abueva said the Aces will just have to shake off the loss as they try to adjust to new coach Alex Compton, who is barely a week into the job.
“Siguro kinakapa pa niya (Compton) 'yung mga players na kailangan tumulong at second time pa lang niya mag-coach, so di pa siguro masyadong clear sa pag-ikot ng mga players,” said the `Beast,' who struggled offensively as well after scoring just seven points on a horrendous 1-of-9 shooting from the floor.
Abueva said he’s fine with Compton, adding the most important thing is the Aces work towards the same goal of winning the title this conference.
“Okay lang naman ako, walang problema sa akin, basta makalaro ng maayos at manalo kami,” he added.
Alaska, which dropped to an even 2-2 (win-loss) record, returns to action on Sunday when it faces winless Meralco.