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Abueva to bring energy to Gilas

While expectations are high as Calvin Abueva makes his return to Gilas after a five-year hiatus, the energetic Magnolia forward is committed to provide what the national team needs for the upcoming 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

Calvin Abueva FIBA PHOTO

At 35, Abueva doesn't seem to miss a beat as he still plays with a lot of energy and hustle, characteristics that he has been known for since he first broke into the scene as the 2012 PBA Draft second overall pick by the Alaska Aces.

“Whatever I can do to help the team, that's what I'll do and whatever I can add (to the team), maybe that's what I can add,” Abueva told reporters after the team's joint practice with the Gilas women's team on Thursday, September 14 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

Abueva last saw action for Gilas five years ago during the

2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on July 2, 2018.

But the man known as the “Beast” ended up at the wrong side of history, along with several members of that Gilas team following a brawl with some players from Australia. The “basketbrawl” led to numerous suspensions from FIBA later on.

That proved to be one of the low points in his career, according to Abueva.

Yet, given this new chance to represent the country, Abueva vows to make it count.

The 6-foot-2 Abueva averaged 4.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists during the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

He's expected to dish off the same energy and hustle for Gilas heading to the Asian Games, where the national team opens the basketball hostilities against Bahrain on Sept. 26.

The Philippines is bracketed with Jordan and Thailand in the opening round.

Credit belongs to : www.manilatimes.net

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