'Beast' Calvin Abueva says there's still a lot of work ahead for league-leading Alaska
Coach Alex Compton didn't get much scoring contribution from Calvin Abueva this time, but the flamboyant forward made up for it with rebounding and facilitating some crucial endgame plays. Jerome Ascano

CALVIN Abueva is not about to make a fuss about Alaska’s huge win over powerhouse San Miguel, saying they still need to improve especially since the other teams will now be preparing hard for the league-leading Aces.

“Di pa ito yung perfomance namin eh, marami pang teams kaming haharapin kaya di kami pwede mag- kumpiyansa,” said the 26-year-old former NCAA Most Valuable Player.

For one, Abueva admitted he was distracted at the start of the game, saying that perhaps getting the Player of the Week citation as well as his personal duel with fellow Kapampangan Arwind Santos made him lose his focus during the first half against the Beermen.

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“Parang na-pressure ako siguro nung natanggap ko yung Best Player of the Week, kasi naiba yung nilaro ko, pero okay lang kasi sa bandang huli, nakatulong naman,” said the 'Beast,' whose team is the lone unbeaten squad in the 12-team field with its 4-0 record.

When it mattered most, though, Abueva managed to wake up from his slumber by making the big plays in the end to help Alaska pull off a 66-63 win over San Miguel Beer in a defense-oriented match on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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The flamboyant 6-foot-1 forward only scored five points, shooting just 2-of-12 from the field, and making just one foul shot in six attempts.

But the 2012 PBA Rookie of the Year made up for that by collaring 18 rebounds in another monster display of effort against the taller Beermen.

Abueva also came up with a critical play, making a last-second kickout pass to JV Casio who connected on a long jumper to give Alaska the lead for good, 64-63 late in the game.

“May chance naman na mag-drive ako pero, mas open sa akin si JV, and mas shooter siya. Na-shoot niya yung two points kaya nakalamang pa kami,” Abueva said.

Alaska takes a six-day break before swinging back to action against the skidding KIA Motors next Tuesday.

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