ALASKA veteran shooting guard Dondon Hontiveros was the first to throw his support behind embattled teammate Calvin Abueva, a day after the enigmatic forward was slapped with a P13,000 fine both for flopping and for his scuffle with Meralco combo guard Jared Dillinger.
The 36-year-old Hontiveros, who acts like a big brother to Abueva, said he feels for the Alaska sophomore who he believes has been the target of “extra motion” by opposing teams during games.
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“ It’s a test for (Abueva) in taking a step back and realizing, that maybe, he has some weaknesses." - Alaska coach Luigi Trillo
“Parang minsan kasi sa game, if he’s coming off a screen, bina-bangga siya without calls. Eh maybe, ina-anticipate kasi na mag-pa-flop siya,” the soft-spoken Cebuano hotshot told Spin.ph.
But after hearing Abueva apologize to the entire Alaska team just before the Aces Wednesday’s practice, Hontiveros is more than convinced the “Beast” has already gotten the message.
“I guess alam na niya kung ano ang iiwasan niya next time at di na siya mapunta sa mga ganung bagay,” said Hontiveros, obviously referring to the fracas between Abueva and Dillinger that marred the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup game between the Aces and the Bolts.
“I think he’ll (Abueva) come out a better person after this.”
Alaska coach Luigi Trillo said he’s hopeful the latest controversy would serve to strengthen Abueva’s character, especially since he has a promising career ahead of him in the pro league.
“I saw in today’s practice that he had more humility in him. It’s a test for him in taking a step back and realizing, that maybe, he has some weaknesses,” explained Trillo, who accompanied Abueva during his appearance before league commissioner Chito Salud on Tuesday afternoon.
Point guard JV Casio for his part, said he felt the sincerity of the former San Sebastian Stag star when he apologized to the Aces.
“I think he (Abueva) learns from his mistake. Bawi na lang agad on how he picks himself up,” Casio shared to Spin.ph. “We know his capabilities. And that’s (fracas) all in the past. We just need to focus on our game (on Sunday against Barako Bull).”