And the Aces pick The Beast of Baste
A ball of energy waiting to explode lands in the lap of a team that is due for a comeback.
It was a very intense debate among fans of the Alaska Aces from weeks to hours before the draft day on who to pick between two of the most talented cagers in a crop of arguably the best batch of draftees in recent memory. It was a tug of war between Calvin Abueva and Clifford Hodge. Two ballers bursting with talent and potential, but days before the D Day, the coaching staff had already chosen and seems to be very delighted on what the NCAA and the PBADL knew as The Beast.
Calvin Abueva can dominate a game through his tenacity and somewhat out of this world passion for the game. He’s about to leave the Stags who will have to figure out where to get 20.44 pts, 17.44 rebounds, 6.78 assists, 1.44 steals and 1.56 blocks that he usually delivers in his last year. He’s there towering for the boards, he’s there running and pushing the ball for a fastbreak, running for you when you are about to orchestrate or shoot, he’s literally everywhere. His energy can easily rubbed off to his teammates and elevate their games a few notches higher. All of this in a 6 foot 1 ½ inch frame.
Alaska has always been the “good guys” in the league always busy abiding the rules and fighting-for-the-right-thing attitude led by the veteran among team owners Wilfred Uytengsu. They have the tradition of controlling and cooling down temperamental players but here they are, “blessed” with their newly acquired specimen who has the tendency to let the beast loose and play ball until you fall game, diving, blocking, stealing, shooting, passing, the list goes on. He’s not afraid to take the winning shot at any given game, make your teammates look good and make other teams big guys look like they need some rebounding clinics. You’ll either love him or hate him.
Calvin Abueva is called a Beast for a reason. And Alaska, I’m afraid to admit, has lost its fire after losing its long time mentor. They lost their confidence. They looked like kids trying to put things together, no one can blame them. The coaching staff is now doing their part in assembling a good set of assistants. The talent has always been there, top caliber players who are destined for something great. Now they have Abueva. Excuse me, Mr. Kraken, but Alaska will release their Beast. And they could only hope for the best.
An interesting season ahead and hoping for a brighter future.