NO quarter was given, and none was taken when longtime teammates Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang met for the first time in the PBA.
Abueva, as usual, was in 'beast' mode for Alaska in the game against San Mig, where Sangalang played his second game as a pro since being taken No. 2 overall in the last rookie draft.
The two, of course, were not only teammates at San Sebastian in the NCAA but also longtime stablemates, being two of the top players in Pampanga vice-governor Dennis Pineda's stable.
Still, the two played mano-a-mano in the second half like they didn't know each other, shoving, bodying up each other and not giving an inch during rebound plays.
In the end, the 6-5 Sangalang won the personal battle, scoring a PBA career-best 15 points on an efficient 7-of-10 shooting compared to the seven points of Abueva on a paltry 3-of-11 shooting clip.
However, Abueva had the last laugh as Alaska claimed the scalp of Sangalang’ San Mig, 84-80, leaving the Mixers remained winless after two games this season in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Abueva, last year’s top rookie said, the physical play was part of his 'welcome' for the freshman Sangalang.
“Okay lang maganda naman, medyo pini-physical ko,” said Abueva, smiling, when asked how his first PBA skirmish with Sangalang went.
But the Alaska sophomore forward was the first to notice Sangalang’s improved physical strength.
“Ginawa naman niya trabaho niya eh para manalo din, lumalaban siya eh, physical na din siya,” he said while walking out of the Cuneta Astrodome with a noticeable limp after hurting his left knee late in the game.