Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva provided the lift as the Philippines woke up in time to post a decisive 107-52 demolition of Vietnam in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association Championship Wednesday, May 17 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Abueva entered the game late in the second quarter and helped turn the match into a rout. Abueva joined the fray at the 5:32 mark of the second period with Philippines leading by 17 points, 41-24. He left the floor at the 5:32 mark of the third period after helping extend the lead to 33 points, 66-33.

Abueva returned to action at the 7:22 mark of the fourth period with the Philippines leading by 42 points, 95-43. He helped hike that lead to 55 markers at the final tally of 107-52.

Abueva helped the Philippines with his non-stop hustle at both ends of the floor as well as his ever improving three-point shooting. The Alaska forward was a bundle of energy as the led the team in trying to complete steals and blocking attempts by players of the opposing teams.

The Philippines posted the lopsided victory despite missing Andray Blatche who was rested in preparation for the championship game between the Philippines and Indonesia on Thursday, May 18.

Other nationals stepped up against Vietnam. Matthew Wright converted three triples one after another in the third period to push the Philippines to a decisive advantage. Wright finished the game with 19 points, two rebounds and one assist.

Abueva, who is the leading scorer in the Philippine team, tallied 16 points his fourth double-digit production in five games. He tallied his tournament high 22 points when he led the team to the 100-plus point rout of Myanmar in their opening game.

Abueva is the leading scorer in the Gilas squad and the second leading scorer in the entire tournament. Troy Rosario chipped in 12 more points while Jiovani Jalalon contributed 10 points coming off the bench.

Thanh Nguyen led Vietnam with 11 points. Teammate Van Nguyen, who was a solid contributor before the match was simply contained by the Gilas defense and finished the game with just nine points and five rebounds.

The scores

PHILIPPINES 107 – Matthew Wright 19, Calvin Abueva 16, Raymond Almazan 16, Troy Rosario 12, Jio Jalalon 10, Allein Maliksi 8, RR Pogoy 7, Jayson Castro 7, Japeth Aguilar 5, Terrence Romeo 4, June Mar Fajardo 3.

VIETNAM 52 – Nguyen T 11, Nguyen V 9, Trieu 9, Le N 8, Tran 7, Le P 4, Nguyen H 2, Dang 2, To 0.

Quarter scores: 28-16, 53-29, 89-40, 107-52.

Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva (8) fires a three-pointer while a Thai defender tries to close out. Abueva provided the lift as the Philippines posted a decisive 107-52 demolition of Vietnam in SEABA Championship May 17.

Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva (8) fires a three-pointer while a Thai defender tries to close out. Abueva provided the lift as the Philippines posted a decisive 107-52 demolition of Vietnam in SEABA Championship May 17.

Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva (8) glides to the hoop against a Thai defender who is trying to stop him. Abueva provided the lift as the Philippines posted a decisive 107-52 demolition of Vietnam in SEABA Championship May 17.

Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva (8) glides to the hoop against a Thai defender who is trying to stop him. Abueva provided the lift as the Philippines posted a decisive 107-52 demolition of Vietnam in SEABA Championship May 17.