Rejuvenated Calvin Abueva returns to work in time for Alaska game against Ginebra
Alaska star Calvin Abueva reduced into a spectator in the Meralco game. Jaime Campos

CALVIN Abueva sat out Alaska's opening game in the PBA Governors' Cup but showed up in street clothes to support the Aces at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night. 

Abueva said he is still recovering from a grueling schedule that included a three-week training camp in Europe with Gilas Pilipinas, but assured he will be back to work on Tuesday in time for Alaska's game against Ginebra on July 24.

"Pahinga muna ako, hindi pa ako nageensayo. Therapy muna," said Abueva after Alaska's 100-96 loss to Meralco, adding he has been battling fatigue since the end of the mid-season Commissioner's Cup. 

"After pa lang 'nung (Commissioner's Cup finals) nararamdaman ko na yung fatigue, kaso syempre baka kailangan tayo ng Pilipinas kaya talagang pinilit. Pero nung na-cut tayo, dun na naramdaman lahat ng pagod at sakit." 

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Abueva observed that the Aces were sluggish in Sunday's contest and vowed to inject the energy they lacked once he returns to the court.

"Kulang na kulang energy ngayon pero lumaban pa rin sila," Abueva said.

'The Beast' also said he will use his failure to make the national team in the last Olympic qualifier as his prime motivation, hopeful he could help his team make the playoffs.

"Malalakas kalaban namin kaya kailangan namin pumunta sa Top 8 para sure ball na sa quarterfinals," he said. "Sa pagbalik ko talagang ihahanda ko yung sarili ko na makatulong pa sa team namin."

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