LIKE the vision on his right eye, Calvin Abueva still has hard time seeing if Alaska has indeed regained its old form that made the Aces perennial finals contenders in the PBA in the recent past.
After a forgettable season where they uncharacteristically missed the playoffs twice in three conferences, the Aces started their resurgence by making a return to the postseason in the last Philippine Cup where they finished third at 7-4 before losing to NLEX in the quarterfinals.
Asked if the old, fiery Aces are indeed back and ready to aim higher in the midseason tournament, Abueva refused to look that far ahead.
“Actually, mahirap talagang sabihin eh pero panibago na namang umpisa kaya level-to-level lang naman,” said The Beast, who sported a red right eye in their tune-up game against Ginebra, no thanks to an unintentional poke from teammate Simon Enciso.
“Ngayon, ‘di naman sa ano, pero kailangan pa naming i-improve yung sistema namin,” he added. “Yung kami kasi ito na yung old team namin na may import, kailangan pa namin maging consistent sa mga ginagawa namin.”
So far, the Aces are just starting to get consistent, especially as young import Tony Campbell adapts to the system.
“Past two games namin na tuneup medyo umokay-okay naman, medyo kulang lang kami sa adjustment dahil 'yung import namin ‘di pa masyadong ganung ka-impress sa play namin kaya kailangan pa naming tulungan siya para mas gumanda yung sistema namin,” Abueva said.