ROOKIE Calvin Abueva was man enough to take the blame for Alaska’s 95-99 loss to Talk `N Text in Game Five of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinalson Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The energetic power forward out of San Sebastian committed a crucial turnover in the final eight seconds of the match and the Aces trailing by just three, 95-98, with a chance to tie the count.
Abueva went strong to the basket but lost control of the leather, the ball hitting his knee just as he tried to shake off the defense of Talk 'N Text’s Jared Dillinger.
He later admitted the play wasn’t meant for him, the reason why he was really hard on himself.
“Alam ko na hindi ko play yun,” Abueva admitted to Spin.ph, stressing the play was really meant for sophomore point guard Jayvee Casio.
“Lahat naman nagkakamali. Hindi ko naman ginusto na mangyari yun, hindi din naman nagalit sa akin si coach (Luigi Trillo),” he added.
Abueva finished with a team-high 19 points to go with 11 rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block. But the effort wasn’t enough as the Aces were left trailing 2-3 in the best-of-seven Philippine Cup semifinal series.
"Hindi ko alam (ano nangyari sa last play). Basta alam ko naman na binigay ko ang best ko kanina," he said.
But he said the experience would only make him a better player as he vowed to double his effort in Game Six on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
“Wala na tayo magagawa dyan kasi natapos na,” he said. “Basta babawi ako next game, dodoblehin ko pa (ang effort) para manalo.”