WITH Barangay Ginebra once again crossing paths with Alaska in the playoffs, Aces superstar Calvin Abueva has one request for Kings fans: ‘Don’t push me.'
Abueva, one of the stars of Alaska 2013 Commissioner’s Cup conquest of Ginebra, issued the warning a few minutes before the top-seeded Aces face the eighth-seeded rival in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors Cup.
“Payo ko lang, 'wag nila ako asarin kasi mas lalo ako ginaganahan,” said Abueva.
“(Paborito ako asarin ng mga Ginebra fans sa laro) Kaso big game to eh. Kailangan natin na maglaro ng matino,” said the former NCAA MVP.
“Mas ganado ako pag inaasar ako ng fans. Kasi nakaka-motivate sa atin 'yun na maglaro eh. Papakita ko ang best ko itong playoffs na ito para pumasok ulit kami sa semis,” he added.
The last time the two teams met in the playoffs, the then rookie Abueva averaged 12.25 points, 9.37 rebounds and 1.82 assists per game to help the Aces sweep Ginebra in a best-of-five series.
Alaska assistant coach Louie Alas, who was once coached against Abueva and the San Sebastian Stags, bared how he would often tell his players at Letran not to get in the hair of the hard-banging pride of Angeles City.
“Dati talaga sinasabi ko sa players ko, hoenst defense na lang kay Calvin. Di mo kayang depensahan ng single handedly si Calvin, wag mo asarin. Pag inasar mo mas magaling,” said Alas.
“Si Calvin kasi asarin mo o hindi, walang diperensya. Pero pag inasar mo nga, mas nacha-challenge siya,” he added.
Asked if he wants Ginebra fans to refrain for taunting Abueva, Alas scratched his head.
“(Laughed) Ayaw ko ipaalam para asarin nila,” the multi-titled veteran coach said laughing. “Pero pag inasar mo talaga si Calvin mas gumaganda laro niyan.”
Abueva said he has no plan to take it easy in the game despite Alaska holding a twice-to-beat edge.
“Ay hindi. Tatapusin na namin ito,” said Abueva.