The Beast makes triumphant comeback to Gilas Pilipinas

Paul Lintag on Jan 22, 2017 09:32 PM
The Beast makes triumphant comeback to Gilas Pilipinas
Easily one of the best players in the PBA, the Beast's triumphant comeback is a welcome addition for Gilas Pilipinas as the Philippines starts its quest on making a return trip to the FIBA World Cup two years from now.

Missing out on the last Gilas team for whatever reason, Calvin Abueva is officially back for the Philippine national team after the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas officially announced the new pool Sunday at the PhilSports Arena.

Easily one of the best players in the PBA, the Beast's triumphant comeback is a welcome addition for Gilas Pilipinas as the Philippines starts its quest on making a return trip to the FIBA World Cup two years from now.

Obviously, no one was any bit surprised with Abueva being part of the 24-man lineup that head coach Chot Reyes will be picking apart starting with the SEABA Tournament later this year.

In fact, Alaska teammate and fellow Gilas veteran Dondon Hontiveros saw this one coming even last year.

"Months before, sinabi ko na sa kanya, even nung event nung launching nung partnership [with Chooks to Go], sinabi ko sa kanya na ‘Calv, hinahanap ka nila, nandito yung poster mo, dapat nandun ka,’" Hontiveros said who saw action with Abueva for Gilas during the 2015 FIBA-Asia Championships in China.

"Ngayon, para sa akin, hindi ako na-surprise," he added.

Since that China joust though, a tournament in which the Philippines settled for its second straight silver-medal finish, Abueva has been out of the national team.

He was infamously left out of the Philippine lineup that competed in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila.

However, that's all in the past and the Beast is officially back. Hontiveros, who has seen his fair share of international play, knows for sure that Abueva is going to be a key piece for the Philippines moving forward.

No one in the 24-man pool is over 30 years old at the moment. Calvin is only 28.

“Hindi rin natin masasabi kung ano talaga yung plano o setup nila last time na selection, pero I guess a guy like Calvin importanteng mayroon sa isang team eh," Hontiveros said.

 

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