Calvin Abueva posted another double-double performance in his second game in the PBA, and the Alaska Aces went on to win a third straight match.
Abueva picked up from where he left off in his debut, finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds as he helped
the Aces to a 92-81 triumph over the slumping Air21 Express Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
“Hindi ko nga napapansin yung stats niya, but he had another double-double performance. But I think there are better games out there for Calvin,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo.
“I can’t remember the last time we won three, but I think that happened with Jason Forte as our import.”
But Abueva wasn’t the only one who came up with big plays.
JVee Casio, who missed the Aces’ last practice as he was not feeling well, stepped up and played steady basketball. He had 19 points on three three-pointers along with five assists.
“Defensively, we’ve been working hard. In our last two games, we were down big, but defense brought us back. JVee made things difficult for Wynne Arboleda. He was able to wear the veteran down and that took its toll on Air 21,” said Trillo.
With their defense working double time, the Aces were able to jump the gun on the Express en route to a 50-33 halftime lead.
Dondon Hontiveros and Cyrus Baguio finished with 15 points apiece. But Baguio suffered a knee injury late in the game that has Trillo worried.
“Mukhang tuhod ang tama ni Cyrus. He can’t even walk. We’ll have to get an MRI for him and hopefully it’s not serious,” said Trillo
ALASKA 92 – Casio 19, Abueva 16, Baguio 15, Hontiveros 15, Thoss 11, Espinas 8, Reyes 4, Jazul 2, Baracael 2, Laure 0, Dela Cruz 0.
AIR21 81 – Custodio 20, Canaleta 16, Isip 12, Baclao 10, Wilson 7, Taha 6, Reyes 4, Omolon 4, Arboleda 2, Atkins 0, Sena 0, Escobal 0, Ritualo 0.
Quarters: 26-17, 50-33, 74-60, 92-81