ALASKA coach Luigi Trillo hopes Calvin Abueva’s sensational play in the PBA Philippine Cup won’t give him a false sense of entitlement, especially when it comes to referees calls.
“Calvin is hungry and plays with energy in every game. But the problem is, since he’s done well (in the Philippine Cup) he feels he’s entitled to calls by the referees," said Trillo at the end of the team's team-building seminar in Mactan, Cebu.
"But as long as he doesn’t get spoiled and just focuses on playing, he’ll be okay,” he added.
The Aces bowed to Petron, 93-100 in the Sinulog Cup in Cebu on Saturday night in a testy and highly physical finale that saw his flamboyant rookie get knocked down a couple of times and figure in a heated exchange of words with Jay Washington and newly-acquired veteran guard Ronald Tubid.
Trillo said Petron seemed prepared to get into Abueva's nerves by playing him really physical. But it's a situation which the No. 2 pick of the last rookie draft should be able to handle by now, he added.
“It’s just typical to hit Calvin and try to take him out of his flow," Trillo said.
Trillo said the former San Sebastian star must learn to roll with the punches, get up every time he gets knocked to the floor, and not expect all the calls to go his way.
Still, the Aces coach marvelled that all the physical play had not affected Abueva's game, especially in Cebu where he averaged 17.6 points in games against Barangay Ginebra, the Cebu Ninos, and Petron.
"I’m kind of surprised because Calvin still managed to be our top local scorer,” Trillo said.