BELIEVE it or not, Calvin Abueva insists a “clean” game would always work in favor of Alaska in light of the Aces’ come-from-behind 78-70 win over San Miguel in Game Three of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
After a highly physical encounter in Game Two which the Beermen won handily, 100-86, Sunday’s game still proved to be a bruising matchup, but with less unnecessary contact.
And the type of game benefited the Aces as far as Abueva is concerned.
“Kung tutuusin lang, kung malinis ang laro, mananalo kami eh,” said Abueva after the Aces overhauled a 21-point third quarter deficit to stun the Beermen anew in the best-of-seven series.
The undersized forward didn’t shy away from physical contact and as a result, provided the Aces with the much-needed energy boost with 16 points, 15 boards, five assists, and one block in 36 minutes of play.
The former Rookie of the Year tallied just 11 points and nine boards in a Game Two loss tagged as ‘basketbrawl.’
“Ang sarap sa feeling. ‘Di katulad nung Game Two, parang iba yung laro eh.”
Keeping their emotions in check, Abueva believes, will help the Aces down the road.
“Sa amin, go with the flow pa rin. Focus lang sa game namin,” said the Alaska star. “Pero ine-expect namin na ‘di pa tapos ang series na 'to at di pa kami dapat magsaya. Stay humble pa rin kami.”