Calvin Abueva ‘really motivated’ to steer Phoenix back into contender status

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “It was the first time [since the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup] that this team entered the playoffs and we know we can return to that stage because we now have the experience that we can bring to the court,” said Abueva in Filipino after the team’s practice Friday at Upper Deck.“I’m still relatively new to the team so I’m just really motivated to help my teammates in any way,” added Abueva.The Beast, who’s a one-time champion with Alaska, is confident the Fuel Masters can make some noise in the Philippine Cup especially with the addition of four-time champion Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo.Mallari was part of the San Mig Coffee team that won the 2014 Grand Slam and Marcelo was part of Ginebra’s title-winning roster in the 2016 Governors’ Cup.“Right now we’re getting ourselves in top condition and we’re fixing what needs to be fixed for the coming season,” said Abueva. “We also have new additions to the team and we’ll do whatever we can to help them get comfortable for the All-Filipino conference.”ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix was subpar during the first two conferences, failing to enter the playoffs of the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups but Abueva’s arrival to the team via trade with Alaska immediately changed the Fuel Masters’ caliber.Abueva was stellar for the Fuel Masters in the Govenors’ Cup, putting up 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.3 blocks to help lead the team to an 8-3 record, its best finish in franchise history, for the second seed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Fuel Masters, however, faltered in the playoffs losing to Meralco in two games in the quarterfinals.Abueva said the loss was a valuable lesson for them and the experience alone would help them in the upcoming 2019 Philippine Cup. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A piece of shrapnel behind Bubba Watson’s tears at the Ryder Cup Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MANILA, Philippines—Calvin Abueva is set to enter his first full season with Phoenix and he vowed to do everything in his power to help carry the team in the New Year.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more