With NLEX rode on a hot second quarter, energetic Alaska forward Calvin Abueva was determined to cut the Road Warruors’ momentum in the second half.
Back just in his second game for the Aces after his stellar Gilas performance, Abueva showcased not just his hustle but also his familiar on-court antics in 23 minutes of play.
Ironically, it was the son of Alaska assistant coach Louie Alas whom Abueva got entangled into during the rebound play in the 6:10 mark of the third period.
Abueva and Alas, former NCAA rivals collided and played physical, with the Alaska veteran laying his back on the NLEX guard before colloer heads intervened. Game officials eventually slapped a double foul on both players.
And it all happened in front of the older Alas.
“Sabi ko nga bigyan sa niya ng isa eh,” said the Aces assistant mentor with a smile.
But when asked what he said to both players during the heat of the moment, the older Alas declined to comment.
The younger Alas, for his part, downplayed Abueva’s gestures—saying their collision was more of a throwback sequence from their college days when he was a Letran star while Abueva was the main guy for San Sebastian College.
“Sa Baste (SSC) pa lang sa NCAA, part of the game na yun, kaibigan naman si Calvin sa labas,” said Alas.
Alas went on to have the last laugh as he helped NLEX score its first win in 10 tries while sending Alaska to its fifth straight loss.
“Sa wakas kasi January 7 pa huling panalo, malaking bagay sa confidence namin,” said the former Letran Knight, who finished with 11 points and 4 rebounds.
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