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    'Best Player' Eric Menk says Alaska teammate Abueva makes game a lot easier for him

    Nov 14, 2014
    Alaska forward Calvin Abueva put together his fourth double-double of the season. Jerome Ascano

    VETERAN big man Eric Menk was thankful to catch his second wind in a game against Blackwater on Friday night.

    Now he's hoping it's the same for his career.

    Getting unusually long minutes in only his second game with Alaska, the one-time MVP turned back the clock on Friday night in helping Alaska pull off a 69-56 win over Blackwater in the PBA Philippine Cup.

    The 40-year-old scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 27 minutes while starting in place of the injured Sonny Thoss, winning Best Player honors for the first time in a long while.

    “Last year, I had few double-doubles, but it’s been years since I’ve been player of the game,” said Menk, who joined Alaska in the offseason from GlobalPort in a trade for two second-round picks.

    [See Defense the name of game as Alaska stays perfect after rout of Blackwater]

    Menk admitted he was dog-tired after playing 15 minutes in the first half, but said Alaska's rigid practices helped him get through the entire game.

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    “I wasn’t expecting that many minutes,” said Menk, who missed Alaska's first four games with a groin injury. “I had to admit that at end of the first half, I was a little tired but the second half, I was fine because our practice is pretty tough, though I never complained at the minutes.

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    “I always wanted to be out there, and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

    The former Ginebra star also gave part of the credit to Calvin Abueva, a constant double-double threat who, Menk said, made the game easier for him.

    Abueva finished the game with 13 points and 18 rebounds for his fourth double-double in six games this season.

    “He (Abueva) does all the work for me. It takes two guys to contain him so I’m free a lot down there," said Menk. He’s a nice player, and I like playing with Calvin.”

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    Alaska forward Calvin Abueva put together his fourth double-double of the season. Jerome Ascano
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