Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva provided the spark as the Philippines overcame a lethargic start to rout Thailand, 108-53, in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association Championship at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Tuesday, May 16.

Abueva, took the floor late in the first quarter and helped turn a close game into a complete rout. Abueva entered the fray at the 2:06 mark of the first period with Philippines leading by two points, 16-14. He left the floor at the 3:39 mark of the second period after helping extend the lead to 19 points, 39-20.

Abueva returned to action at the 3:30 mark of the third period with the Philippines leading by 30 points, 69-39. He helped extend that lead to 52 points, 101-49, before leaving the game for good with 2:58 left to play.

Abueva helped the Philippines with his trademark hustle at both ends of the floor as well as his ever improving outside shooting.

He scrambled to recover a loose ball, dribbled the length of the court and then dished an assist to Terrence Romeo who scored to push the Philippines ahead, 25-16, early in the second quarter.

At the 8:45 mark of the second he recovered another loose ball, attacked the rim and was fouled. He converted both free throws to hike the team’s lead, 27-16. With 5:54 remaining before halftime he drained a three-pointer and converted the bonus free throw to extend the Philippine lead to 35-18.

He came back into action late in the third period as part of a platoon substitution and helped set the tone of the game. He promptly attacked the rim and scored on a drive to peg the count at 77-41 with 1:39 to go in the third.

He then scored on a charity split and then converted from just underneath the goal on back-to-back drives as the Philippines virtually ripped the game apart by leading, 95-47, with 5:39 left to play.

And when he was not scoring, he was helping teammates score. At the 4:28 mark of the game Abueva stole the ball, dribbled the length of the court and passed off to Jio Jalalon who converted a layup to peg the count, 99-49.

He tallied another steal at the 3:20 mark of the game and then issued a similar assist to Raymond Almazan who scored on a layup to peg the count at 101-49.

Through his hustle on defense and aggressive offense Abueva helped the Philippines outscore Thailand, 32-10, to turn a 69-39 advantage into an unassailable 101-49 lead.

The Scores:

PHILIPPINES 108 – Japeth Aguilar 23, Calvin Abueva 15, Andray Blatche 11, Terrence Romeo 11, June Mar Fajardo 9, Allein Maliksi 8, Matthew Wright 7, Troy Rosario 6, Jayson Castro 6, Jio Jalalon 6, Raymond Almazan 4, RR Pogoy 2.

THAILAND 53 – Chanthachon 16, Muangboon 7, Klahan P 7, Samerjai 7, Ghogar 6, Sunthonsiri 4, Klahan C 2, Dasom 2, Boonserm 2, Ananti 0, Jaisanuk 0, Lodliang 0.

Quarter Scores: 18-14, 51-26, 80-43, 108-53.

Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva (8) fires an outside shot against a Thai defender. Abueva provided the spark as the Philippines overcame a lethargic start to rout Thailand, 108-53, in the Seaba Championships.

Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva (8) fires an outside shot against a Thai defender. Abueva provided the spark as the Philippines overcame a lethargic start to rout Thailand, 108-53, in the Seaba Championships.

Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva (8) looks on while teammate Japeth Aguilar sails to the rim for a slam dunk. Abueva provided the spark as the Philippines overcame a lethargic start to rout Thailand, 108-53, in the Seaba Championships.

Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva (8) looks on while teammate Japeth Aguilar sails to the rim for a slam dunk. Abueva provided the spark as the Philippines overcame a lethargic start to rout Thailand, 108-53, in the Seaba Championships.