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Calvin Abueva makes sure to go out and support Gilas 3x3 team

by Reynald Magallon, December 03, 2019 11:59am

Calvin Abueva may have been far from the public's eye for several months now, after he got suspended indefinitely but the Phoenix Fuel Masters forward made sure to go out and support Gilas' 3x3 team in the Southeast Asian games.

Abueva was seen in the Filoil Flying V Arena on Monday, just in time to watch the Philippines' semis matches. Abueva was one of those first professional players who participated in 3x3 matches having played in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour in 2015 playing along side Troy Rosario, Carl Dehesa and Vic Manuel.

That was the first time that the variant of the world known sport was introduced in the country. 3x3 had a huge growth since then and now the country is hosting the first 3x3 tournament in the Southeast Asian games.

"Akin lang naman syempre sa pinapakita nila, sa good perfomance tsaka ibang game to. SEA Games to kailangan natin makakuha ng gold medal," said Abueva when asked what did he told the 3x3 players consisted of PBA pros, Chris Newsome, Mo Tautuaa, Jason Perkins and CJ Perez.

Abueva also admitted that he was kind of envious to the quarted who had the chance to represent and play in front of the Filipinos in the Southeast Asian Games. Nonetheless, Abueva was confident that the team will deliver the gold medal, which the four actually did after trouncing Finals opponent Indonesia, 21-6.

"Ngayon nakakainggit at yun nga, at least may nagproceed na maglaro ngayon sa SEA games, di nila bibitawan ito kasi bawat Filipino may pangarap rin na makapag laro sa SEA games na ito at number one lang nilang iniisip dyan makakakuha ng gold medal," said Abueva.

Abueva also thanked Fuel Masters teammate and pal Jason Perkins who invited him and even gave him the tickets. Abueva watched the game together with his two sons.

"Support lang talaga at syempre di ko naman nakakalimutan maglaro ng 3x3 at sabi ko nga kagabi bigyan mo ko kahit apat na ticket para makanood ako ng Semis o Finals, at least makasuporta," said Abueva.

"Nagpapasalamat ako kaya kasama ko mga anak ko para maenjoy din nila paano maglaro ng 3x3," he added.

Meanwhile, asked how's his status in the PBA, the embattled forward didn't go into the details and had a quick answer.

"Okay naman, next year niyo na malalaman kung ano ang mangyayari," said Abueva who reportedly was already doing the things he needed to patch things up with the PBA. Abueva together with the Phoenix Fuel Masters even held a basketball clinic in the past few weeks in hopes that the league will eventually lift the suspension to the Phoenix forward.

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