"Rattled" Aces avoid trap game as Abueva becomes "The Beast"

Paul Lintag on Sep 10, 2017 08:02 PM
The Beast powered Alaska with 26 points and 15 rebounds as the Aces avoided a costly trap game in the 2017 Governors' Cup.

After snapping a franchise-worst 14-game losing skid, Alaska entered its matchup against Kia with back-to-back wins and was starting to finally feel good again.

Meanwhile, the Picanto came into Sunday's clash as losers of eight straight games and with practically nothing else to lose for this current PBA season.

Everything was set up for the Aces to experience a trap game and for about three quarters, it certainly looked like it.

Trailing by 10 in the final period, Alaska had to rally to take an eight-point win and keep its flickering playoff hopes alive.

"Syempre na-rattle tayo," Calvin Abueva said on Alaska's great escape over Kia.

"Kailangan namin ng panalo eh. 2-6 kami [3-6 after the win], sila wala pa silang panalo. Mahirap na, baka masilat pa kami," he said.

The Beast was particularly motivated against the Picanto, carrying the Aces to the tune of 26 points and 15 rebounds.

It was almost necessary as Alaska is still outside of the playoff picture. Even if the Aces manage to sweep its final two games and finish with a 5-6 mark, the team is in danger to miss out on the postseason.

"Di pa kami kumpyansa sa three games. Pag pumasok kami ng playoffs, doon siguro namin malalabas yung gigil namin para makapasok sa semis at Finals," Abueva said.

"Di ko na iniisp. Mind set ko manalo sa game," he added.



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