FOR all the good things Calvin Abueva has brought to Alaska since his pro debut, coach Luigi Trillo insists the Aces are not built around 'The Beast.'
“The team is not just about Calvin because both teams (Alaska and Talk ‘N Text) have a lot of weapons to use,” Trillo told Spin.ph in practice, two days before Aces begin their best-of-seven semifinals series against the eliminations topnotchers at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Abueva's athleticism and energy has triggered a rennaisance for the Uytengsu franchise, who has reached the PBA Philippine Cup Final Four with 10 victories so far this season after winning a grand total of 11 games all of last season.
At the same time, the former San Sebastian star has risen to No. 2 in the statistical race for the Best Player of the Conference award, his chances of becoming the first player since Eric Menk to win the honor right on his first tournament enhanced by the early exit of leader Arwind Santos and his Petron team.
Talk 'N Text also has reason to keep an eye on the rookie, who had 14 points, five rebounds, four assists, five steals, and two blocks in 28 minutes of play in leading the Aces to a 94-92 win over the Texters in the two teams' only meeting in the elimination round.
Yet, Trillo insisted his athletic freshmen still has a lot to work on to improve his game ahead of the Talk ‘N Text series.
“You don’t call plays for Calvin, but then, he needs to know the tendencies of other players,” said Trillo, insisting Abueva has to better understand how to play the game against certain types of players.