Actually, Abueva was having an off-night yesterday at the Big Dome. He only scored nine points while shooting 15 percent from the field. His free-throws accuracy was only 50 percent where he was able to convert five freebies out of his ten attempts.
Yet, his last two points in the overtime made the big difference as the Fuel Masters avenged their 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup loss from the Bolts.
Good thing Phoenix head coach Louie Alas listened to the advise of his assistant coaches.
“Patience is a virtue talaga. The whole game yung sabihin na masama ang laro ni Calvin eh understatement. Less than 50 percent sya sa free throws. Yung field goal ang baba din. Pero yung mga assistants ko sabi pagpasensyahan ko at kakailanganin ko sa dulo,” said Phoenix coach Louie Alas.
The bright spot of Abueva’s game yesterday was in the rebounding category specifically in the offensive end. Abueva pulled nine boards and had a total of 13.
Justin Chua appeared to be their go-to-guy at least in their game against Meralco. Chua made 24 points and was named as the “Bida Player of the Game”.
Nico Salva and Chris Newsome energized the Bolts with their 22 points and 20 points respectively.
Phoenix next game is on January 19 versus the Talk ‘N Text KaTropa while for Meralco their next game is on January 19 against the Blackwater Elite.
Phoenix vs Meralco Box Score
Quarters: 23-9 | 41-34 | 64-60 | 83-83 | 93-92
Fuel Masters (93) – Chua 24, Wright 18, Perkins 13, Mallari 11, Abueva 9, Intal 8, Marcelo 6, Kramer 2, Jazul 2
Bolts (92) – Salva 22, Newsome 20, Amer 10, De Ocampo 10, Hugnatan 9, Hodge 8, Faundo 4, Pinto 3, Dillinger 2, Tolomia 2, Quinto 2