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PBA Player of the Week: Calvin Abueva goes all out in return

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 06:51 PM November 24, 2020
Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva

Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines — Calvin Abueva hasn’t missed a beat since returning from his 16-month suspension.

And the relentless forward was in his usual element for in the grand stage of Philippine Cup semifinals just when Phoenix needed someone to rise to the occasion.

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With his team trailing 0-1 in the semis against the TNT Tropang Giga, Abueva came up big in Games 2 and 3 as the Fuel Masters moved on the cusp of their first-ever trip to the PBA Finals.

“I just want to step up. I gave everything, energy and effort. You can give whatever you can for the team as long as there is effort,” he said in Filipino.

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Abueva, who was named the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week, averaged 22.0 points on 55% shooting from the field, 14.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 3.0 steals in the pair of bounce back performances after a foul-plagued series opener.

The 32-year-old Abueva collected 20 points, 15 boards, four assists and two steals in a 110-103 win in Game 2 before following it up with 24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals in a dramatic Game 3 victory.

Meanwhile, Arvin Tolentino was the top rookie the past week after helping Barangay Ginebra take a 2-1 semis series lead over Meralco.

Tolentino averaged 8.7 points on 43% shooting from downtown, and 4.7 rebounds.

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