The Beast is back
Paul Lintag on May 13, 2017 10:06 PM
The Beast appears to be extra motivated in his grand return to Gilas Pilipinas, emerging as the national team's leading scorer so far in the 2017 SEABA Championships.
Manila, Philippines --- One of the final cuts from the national team in 2016, Calvin Abueva is making up for lost time as he leads Gilas Pilipinas to battle in the 2017 SEABA Championships here.
Through the first two days of the tournament, which saw defending champion Philippines win two games by an average of 77 points, the Beast has been on the forefront of the Filipino attack, emerging as Gilas' leading scorer.
In the Philippines' 107-point destruction of Myanmar Friday, the Beast came off the bench to score 22 points. Facing Singapore the next day, Abueva added another 16 despite not being part of the starting lineup.
Basically his first taste of official international games since the 2015 FIBA-Asia Championships in China, Abueva takes a business-like approach in his grand return to Gilas Pilipinas.
It doesn't mean he's not delighted on the fact that he's back though.
"Ito, masaya," Abueva said on his return to the national team. "More focus at bigay todo lahat. Doble effort pa."
Despite being left out from the team for a while, the Gilas "puso" still pretty much remains with Abueva. His short hiatus only seemed to strengthen his burning desire to serve the contry.
"Lagi namin tinatandaan na basta yung roles namin, may kanya-kanyan tayong roles, may kanya-kanya tayong spot, may kanya-kanya tayong ginagawa. Pero as a team hindi as a [single] person," he said.
With Gilas Pilipinas torching opponents left and right in Manila, the Beast also offered his hot take on the so-calle "overkill" by the Philippines.
"Dito sinasabi nila na overkill pero actually hindi naman eh. Nilalabas lang namin yung laro namin na nandtio tayo sa lugar natin. Ito yung nakakapag-bigay ng motivation samin, saya, at nakakapaglaro ng maayos dahil sa suporta ninyo," Abueva said.
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