When it rains, it pours!
That is the case for the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters. After ending their killer schedule with a confidence-building come-from-behind win over the Magnolia Hotshots on Friday, the Topex Robinson-coached team had a two-day breather amidst a tough schedule of matches in the PBA bubble.
However, the good news didn’t end just yet for Phoenix, who currently holds a 3-2 win-loss card tied with San Miguel and Meralco.
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Office has finally lifted Calvin Abueva’s indefinite suspension on Sunday, allowing “The Beast” to rejoin his teammates since his banishment after his clothesline hit on TNT import Terrence Jones and a lewd gesture towards a player’s girlfriend in the last Governors Cup.
The Games and Amusements Board, nonetheless, has listed two conditions the Kapampangan cager has to meet before he can get back his professional basketball license — he needs to undergo mandatory drug tests and attend a seminar on the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of a Professional Athlete and signify that he will abide by it — which he both did.
The 6-foot-3 do-it-all forward will return to action Monday (October 26) against NLEX Road Warriors.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Robinson couldn’t hold his emotion as he expressed his thoughts on going into the PBA bubble with Abueva helpless by his lonesome in his room at Quest Hotel. Robinson then dedicated their successful fightback from 17 points down against the Hotshots to Abueva.
“Winning it for Calvin is really big for us. We don’t want to lose again and go back to the hotel knowing that Calvin wants to help us, and the best thing he can do is practice and cheer for us and pray for us,” he said.