SO Calvin Abueva’s numbers in the NCAA for San Sebastian are drawing comparisons to basketball legend Ramon Fernandez’s splendid 1984 season in the PBA for Beer Hausen.
The 6-1 1/2 Abueva, drafted second overall by Alaska in last month’s annual PBA draft, is currently averaging a third league-best 19.0 points and league-best averages of 16.0 rebounds and 7.2 apg, with still four games remaining in the Stags’ elimination-round schedule.
Abueva, who will be strutting his wares in the pros as soon as the current NCAA season is over, only trails teammate Ian Sanggalang (20.2 ppg) and Letran’s Kevin Alas (19.9 apg) in scoring.
For the record, Fernandez nearly averaged a triple double for the Brewmasters in that 1984 season where he had a league-record 25 triple doubles in his 64 total games.
'The Franchise,' who went on to win his second of four MVP awards during that phenomenal season, normed 27.3 points, 11.17 rebounds and 9.9 assists per game in that campaign.
Fernandez ranked second overall behind Northern Consolidated national team standout Chip Engelland (29.0 ppg) in scoring and fourth overall in rebounding behind the 15.5 rpg of NCC forward Jeff Moore, the 11.4 rpg of Crispa’s Abet Guidaben and the 11.20 of Gilbey’s Gin’s Terry Saldana, who was later adjudged the season’s Most Improved Player.
But Fernandez ranked No. 1 in assists, missing out on a triple double average for the season by just five assists in his total.
How amazing is Fernandez’s 25 triple doubles in that 1984 season? Since he retired after the 1994 season, there had been only 19 triple-double performances by a local player up to date, and some of them coming from alleged Fil-shams.
Abueva has already four triple doubles this season in the NCAA.
There had been only four-triple games by PBA players over the past seven seasons, the most recent by Barangay Ginebra’s Mike Cortez who had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists last April 15 in Game Three of the best-of-five semifinals of the Commissioner’s Cup against eventual champion B-Meg.
The questions are: Can Abueva bring his triple-double act to the PBA? Will he be as dominant stats-wise in the pros?
I guess only time will tell.