CALVIN `The Beast’ Abueva declared himself ready to return to action and hopes to help Alaska snap out of its four-game stupor in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The 6-foot-1 celebrated rookie rejoined the team practice Friday at the Hoops Center after being confined for a few days at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center due to nasal infection.
The infection and eventual confinement made him missed the Aces’ 96-93 loss to Barangay Ginebra Kings last Sunday.
Abueva admitted already feeling sick even before Alaska’s Nov. 14 meeting with Air21.
But the former San Sebastian star said he felt the infection might have been aggravated after being hit square in the face with an open hand by Air21 center Rob Reyes as the two of them tried to get up following a wild loose ball scramble at mid-court late in the game.
“Nung Friday (Nov. 16) pag gising ko, masama na pakiramdam ko, yung tonsil ko namamaga na pala, dahil na rin sa sipon. Di ko rin alam kung connected…pero siguro yung pagkatuktok pa sa akin, parang napalala,” recalled Abueva, who averages 13.29 points, nine rebounds, 1.86 assists, and 1.71 steals for the Aces.
Abueva said he is working on his physical conditioning at present, knowing the 5-6 Aces have a lot of catching up to do in their quarterfinals bid after losing four games in a row.
“Binabawi ko pa lakas ko, rumerekober pa lang ako, medyo pumayat nga ako, pero tiyaga lang. Sana bumalik na resistensya ko,” he added.
While it appears he has been the subject of some physical tirades the past games, Abueva said he isn’t concerned about it anymore, adding he would rather focus on improving his game.
“Di ko masabi eh (physical tirades), pero basta laro na lang ako,” said the former NCAA Most Valuable Player.
Alaska coach Luigi Trillo said he’s glad to see Abueva back into the team, knowing that his energy and hustle are important for the Aces going to their last three games in the elimination round.
“We gave him three or four days of rest. And it’s nice to see him back. He brings energy into the team,” said Trillo after the team’s practice Saturday.
“There’s still so much to be tapped into his game, but once you see him in the 2 or 3 position, then you’ll see the difference, but when it’s gonna happen, I can’t say it yet…but eventually he’ll get there because he’s versatile,” added the Alaska mentor.