After going full speed in the fourth quarter to help Alaska climb back from a 22-point deficit, Calvin Abueva admitted losing steam in the end when he missed three free throws in the last eight seconds.
“Ang layo ng hinabol namin sa opportunity na manalo. Eh yung free throw, binigay todo ko na eh. Wala na, sumablay talaga, naubos na,” Abueva told media men, shortly after Alaska bowed to Ginebra, 109-104 to kiss its PBA Governors Cup semifinals bid goodbye Friday night.
The “Beast” was superb in the last period, dropping nine of his 17 points to help the Aces claw back into the game and close in at 104-105 on a three-pointer by Alaska import LaDontae Henton.
Ginebra’s reinforcement Justin Brownlee then retaliated with a bank shot three-pointer of his own to restore a four-point lead.
In the ensuing play, Abueva was fouled by Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar in an act of shooting from the three-point zone with still eight seconds left to play.
Booed by Ginebra fans inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Abueva clanged all three of his foul shots in a horrific ending that all but dashed the Aces’ hopes of sending the game to a sudden death on Sunday.
“Ikaw ba naman down by 20 plus points, then hinabol at down by 1. And then tumira yung import, nag-board eh. Sa kanila talaga,” he said.
“Binigay pa rin natin ng todo, kinabahan pa nga sila eh.” – Richard Dy
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