PBA: Coach Louie got just what he wanted from Abueva vs Alaska

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 29, 2018 10:43 PM
PBA: Coach Louie got what he wanted from Abueva vs Alaska
Calvin Abueva did Calvin Abueva things against former team Alaska

Phoenix suffered its first setback in the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup on Wednesday.

In the same light, the Fuel Masters also lost for the first time with Calvin Abueva on their roster.

Interestingly, all of it came at the hands of Alaska – Abueva’s former team.

For Phoenix head coach Louie Alas, it was clear that his new ward didn’t get too caught up with the added color of the contest. Asked about the former’s performance, the latter answered, “Okay naman. Ano bang stats niya?”

Told by reporters that the do-it-all forward had 18 points and nine rebounds, he continued, “Ganun pa rin. He’s there – Calvin being Calvin. Wala akong problema kay Calvin.”

Abueva joined his new team just earlier in the month and scored back-to-back wins in his first games there.

Unfortunately, the always amiable mentor did not see the same sort of winning attitude from the Fuel Masters this time around. “As a team, talagang dun kami natalo,” he expressed.

Coach Louie’s boys mounted a lead of as much as 11 in the first half before seeing the Aces battle back and ultimately win the game.

For Alas that showed that his team still has a lot of growing to do. “When the chips were down, medyo nagpipilit kami, parang nawala na yung wisyo namin. Alam niyo bang nalamangan pa kami nung wala yung import nila,” he shared.

He then continued, “You have to know how to play when you’re catching up e.”

Indeed, Alaska got its lead behind the heroics of Nonoy Baclao and Chris Enciso and with Mike Harris on the bench. “Nawala kami sa wisyo. Apat yung timeout ko last eight minutes, naubos,” coach Louie lamented.

Phoenix has no time to wallow in defeat as up next for them is a TNT side desperate for a win on Friday. “The more important thing is we’re up against TNT, kailangan maka-bounce back kami as soon as possible,” their mentor said.


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