CALVIN Abueva is clearly on Beast Mode this 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Abueva has been beasting out lately, pulling off consecutive monster games to help Alaska take the top spot in the standings at the mid-point of the elimination rounds and bag for himself a second Player of the Week nod.
But a quick dive into the stats shows Abueva has delivered in a lot of ways to lead the Aces', the league's top team in offense and fourth-best defense, remarkably strong showing after a historic collapse in the last Philippine Cup finals.
Among all locals, Abueva is in the top 10 in five statistical categories so far in the PBA's second conference. The 28-year-old forward is seventh in scoring (16.33 points), fourth in rebounds (8.67), eighth in steals (1.33) and blocks (0.83), and 10th in assists (3.5).
Abueva is loudly making his case this early for the Best Player of the Conference award with his all-around performance in the import-dominated tournament. And this should come as no surprise given that the former San Sebastian Stag is the only player in the history of any major league in the Philippines to finish as the season leader in points, rebounds, and assists back in Season 88 of the NCAA in 2012.
GlobalPort's Terrence Romeo leads all local players in scoring, averaging 25.33 points, while Ginebra's Greg Slaughter is tops in rebounds with 10.33 boards per game, and JP Erram is the best local shotblocker with 1.67 swats. Meanwhile, Blackwater's Mike Cortez is the league-leader in assists with 6 dimes a game, and SMB's Chris Ross leads all players in steals, with 2.6 swipes a game.
Abueva looks to continue his dominant run on Wednesday when Alaska shoots for its sixth straight win in a much-awaited rematch with its Philippine Cup conqueror, the San Miguel Beermen.