Magnolia was taking a risk when he brought in Calvin Abueva before the season, and so far, the Hotshots have proven themselves right.
Abueva is giving the Hotshots everything they were looking for when they made the Phoenix deal: energy, toughness and hustle, as Magnolia has achieved great success in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs, following a sweep of Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals and then “La Bestia” takes over in the final stretch of Game 1 of their semifinal showdown with Meralco for an 88-79 win on Sunday.
With that solid streak of individual brilliance, Abueva was the undisputed choice for Cignal Play-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period from September 29 to October 3.
During that stretch, the 33-year-old forward averaged 16.5 points and 13.0 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the floor.
Abueva was a dominant force in the Hotshots’ 96-86 closing victory against the Elasto Painters in Game 2 of their series, as he finished with 20 points and dropped 19 rebounds.
Three days later, the leading contender for the Best Conference Player award resisted foul problems and engineered a 20-3 run to come home as the Hotshots erased a six-point deficit to take an 83 lead. -72 with approximately three minutes to go. series opener against the Bolts.
Abueva capped the revealing streak with a dunk, scoring seven of his total of 13 productions in the fourth quarter.
Calvin adds toughness. Our system is tailor-made for him, that’s why we embrace it and that’s why he hasn’t had a hard time adjusting, ”said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero, who had to give guard Chris Banchero to Phoenix.
In addition to Abueva, others considered for the weekly honor handed out by the men and women who regularly cover the PBA beat are Magnolia teammates Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang, and the TNT Tropang Giga trio of Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario and Jayson Castro. .
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