Manila, Philippines - With the Christmas season in full swing, there should be a lot of feasting and singing out there.
And to borrow some lyrics from that Frank Sinatra song "My Way", perhaps some would best describe what Calvin Abueva has been getting as of late:
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!
It is no secret that Abueva has been the recipient of hard shots from opposing teams, the last of which came from former Knight Aaron Aban during game 2 of their series with the TnT Texters.
But even with the hit which landed squarely on his face even though a foul was already called and the ball no longer in play, Abueva got a nasty hit after the jostling. And rather than confront or complain, Abueva simply stood up and took his free throws like nothing happened.
Of course, there could have been some other things that had transpired before that but such is practically a part of the game. But the thing here is that ordinarily during his San Sebastian days, Abueva would go after the hitter or somehow get even.
But in the PBA, such would not be tolerated - especially from a rookie. The thing about Calvin is that he smirks or just smiles it off, going through the motions of their games while disallowing such hits and tactics to affect his game.
And the result? Well the Aces would not be where they are without Calvin. In fact, that positive attitude (or energy) rubs off on his teammates as well.
Although it was JV Casio who had a field day in game 2, Calvin's aggressiveness and energy is something that backed all that up. Despite the heats and takedowns, this former Stag is pretty ripe for the pros, something you may have perhaps heard numerous times already.
As to how long Calvin could contain the physicality and hits in the PBA is anyone's guess although the bottom line is that the kid is enjoying his inaugural stint in the pro league.
So can Alaska overcome the defending champions? With the series down to a best of five affair, it is pretty hard to tell.
Considering that deep bench where practically anyone can explode, the odds seem to be stacked up on the Aces.
But being the presumed underdog, it should not be surprising how such could be a motivating factor for the Aces.
From woeful stints, the Aces have reached the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup and until TnT scores 3 more wins, it looks like the Aces will continue to play each game as they come and hopefully come out triumphant by - a single point or maybe even more.