Will Abueva play for Gilas next week?

Will Abueva play for Gilas next week?
The thought of Calvin Abueva being reinstated to the national team has been floated around Tuesday and the Alaska star is ready to make the most out of his second chance if he does make the cut for the Philippines' upcoming games against Australia and Japan next week.

The Beast 2.0 might see action with Gilas Pilipinas after all.

The thought of Calvin Abueva being reinstated to the national team has been floated around Tuesday and the Alaska star is ready to make the most out of his second chance if he does make the cut for the Philippines' upcoming games against Australia and Japan next week.

"Sa akin nga, ginagawa ko lang yung best ko dito. Sayang rin na mag-skip ka sa second window kaya mahalaga sa akin ito," Abueva said.

Abueva was previously taken out of the pool for the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers after missing thre straight practices.

But now, it appears that Abueva is back in play for Gilas Pilipinas' February games.

However, head coach Chot Reyes says the Beast's status basically remains the same now and that is he's part of the pool but he's still out of the games for next week.

"He’s still part of the pool. He continues to come and practice as part of the pool, just like everybody else here. So we haven’t made any decisions either way because we’re still assessing the injury status of the other guys so we’re not yet in a position to make any final decisions or determinations sa lineup." he said.

"We took him out of the consideration for the second window, but he has remained part of the pool. And I’ve always said: people can play themselves into consideration, into the pool and out of the pool, or out of consideration. There’s no change there. Wag tayo excited," Reyes added.

Still, Abueva will continue to work his way back to Gilas.

"Actually, kung ano ang pinapakita ko ngayon, yung best na pinakita ko, kung ano yung sa first window, ganun pa rin. Kulang kulang ang mga players, may mga injured, kung mapasama ako, malaking bagay sa akin yun. Dodoblehin ko yung effort ko," he said.

"Yung sa akin naman, opportunity ito tulad nung sinabi niya nung una. Pero ayun. Tinanggap ko yun [desisyon ni coach Chot] ng buo, kung ano ang mangyari, pero ngayon, bumaliktad ang mundo at ganto kaya sobrang saya ko," Abueva added.

 


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