Beast mode: Abueva wins back-to-back Player of the Week citation
MANILA, Philippines – Calvin Abueva captured his second Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week recognition in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup after spearheading Alaska’s back-to-back wins for the period of March 7 to 13.
The Alaska wingman was at his best defensively last Wednesday, March 9, hounding Barangay Ginebra import Othyus Jeffers all game long to help the Aces pull off an 86-80 win.
Abueva also flashed his all-around effort after finishing the game with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to help the streaking Alaska squad snap Ginebra’s 3-game winning streak.
Three days later, Abueva was in beast mode again, this time punishing an undermanned GlobalPort side with an array of shots from inside and outside to lead Alaska to a thrilling 103-101 win at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The former PBA Rookie of the Year finished with a new career-high 29 points, on top of 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and two blocks as the Aces secure the solo lead with their fifth straight win.
Alaska improved to 5-1 overall.
Alaska coach Alex Compton said Abueva has matured a lot since entering the league as the second overall pick in the 2012 PBA Rookie Draft.
“I feel like he’s maturing. And his energy [has not] changed one bit because he still has that boundless energy and enthusiasm that helps him make plays.”
Abueva beat the likes of Rain or Shine big man JR Quinahan, Star veteran guard Peter June Simon and TNT backup guard Jai Reyes for the weekly citation.
Alaska will be shooting for its sixth straight win this Wednesday when Alaska clashes with San Miguel Beer in their first meeting since Game 7 of the PBA Philippine Cup last January. – Rappler.com