Abueva getting hit left and right, says Trillo
MANILA, Philippines – Alaska coach Luigi Trillo is fully supportive of beleaguered forward Calvin Abueva who figured in a hard court clash with Meralco’s Jared Dillinger last Friday.
Trillo personally accompanied “The Beast” when the player was summoned by the PBA Commissioner on Tuesday to shed light into the scuffle.
“I’m here to show support for Calvin. He’s getting hit left and right, so I’m just being there for him today,” the Alaska coach said in an interview with Spin.ph’s Richard Dy.
Abueva and Dillinger were each fined P10,000 for their roles in the fracas.
Trillo said the meeting with PBA chief Chito Salud went well but hinted that something has to be done with the officiating, claiming that court officials seemed to be transfixed on “The Beast.”
“My thing is, obviously there’s a lot being said about Calvin’s antics, but this year -- and this is my personal opinion -- we haven’t allowed Calvin Abueva to be Calvin Abueva,” he said.
Trillo said Abueva seems to attract a lot of attention because of his rugged play. But he pointed out that the officials seemed to have been overlooking the rough plays being directed at the former NCAA player.
“You know, I just said, 'Call the calls that need to be called and don’t look at the player… This year, guys are throwing him and it’s not a foul,” the Alaska coach said.
Abueva has already figured in court fights in the past. During a tune-up match between Barako Bull and Alaska last August, he nearly came to blows with Danny Seigle.
He also had heated encounters with San Mig Coffee swingman James Yap during their Commissioner's Cup semifinals series last April.