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Marami pang kakaining bigas! ‘The Beast’ tames ‘Baby Beast’ in 1st PBA showdown

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Miles Morales

Comparisons between Phoenix’s Calvin Abueva and Columbian’s top rookie CJ Perez have never been louder than before.

Having been compared due to their mirror-like physique, abilities, grit and tenacity on the court, the two former San Sebastian stalwarts finally share the PBA floor against each other last Wednesday night.

The game between the Fuel Masters and the Dyip was tagged as the “Battle of the Beasts,” but for Abueva, there is only one of them.

“Sa akin naman okay naman ‘yung pinakita niya. ‘Yung last game nila 26 points tapos ngayon 10 points. Parang sa akin, kung kami pagbabasehan, malayo agwat,” Abueva told sports scribes after Phoenix eked out a 108-98 victory over the Dyip.

After a stellar 26-point debut in Columbian’s upset win against San Miguel, Perez slowed down offensively, scoring only 10 points on a measly 3-for-11 shooting from the field, although he still managed to decent all-around numbers of eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.

Perez’ performance was indeed nowhere near Abueva’s 16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Being the veteran he should be, Abueva, however, encouraged his little “brother” to keep pushing in order to develop his skills as his young PBA career goes by.

“Walang personalan. Ang sa amin, sabi ko nga, improve mo pa ang sarili mo, sa laro mo. Hindi ko naman masa-suggest na ganito gawin mo, ganito gawin mo. Hindi naman ganoon, hindi naman kami magka-teammate di ba. Magkalaban kami sa court, pero ang akin lang, sa labas, kapatid ang turing ko sa kanya, walang personalan sa akin,” he said.###