IT was a good run personally for rookie Calvin Abueva, but a rather heartbreaking one collectively for the Alaska Aces.
Abueva finished his first PBA conference running No. 2 in the statistical race for the Best Player of the Conference award and the favorite for the honor with Petron and leader Arwind Santos' early exit from the Philippine Cup.
Sadly the Aces came a bit short in their bid for a Finals berth in the season-opening tournament as they were sent packing by Talk `N Text Tropang Texters on Friday night following their 83-78 win in Game 6 of their semis series.
Abueva’s energy and hustle that saw the former NCAA MVP finish with a game-high 23 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block in 31 minutes of play, failed to carry the Aces to the series-tying victory.
“Good ang first conference ko (personally), kaso (para sa team) di umabot sa Finals,” the 24-year old native of Balibago, Angeles City said shortly after emerging from the Alaska dugout.
“Kasi syempre, Finals ang goal ko talaga (for the team),” added Abueva.
At the end of eliminations, the relentless power-forward out of San Sebastian finished with 32.3 statistical points to log behind cabalen Santos with 35.1 sps in the fight for Best Player of the Conference award.
But 'The Beast’ is not expecting much about the award, saying, “Hindi ko alam. Kung ibibigay sa kin, ibibigay.”
The month-long break before the Commissioner’s Cup will be used by Abueva to recharge his obviously banged-up body.
“Ngayon magpapahinga muna ako para sa next conference handa na naman sa bakbakan,” he said.