The Alaska Aces made the tough decision to suspend Calvin Abueva indefinitely even if they fully knew that the other forward who can help fill-in his role would also be unavailable for an extended amount of time.
Before the All-Star break, the Aces looked like they were a team that was ready to compete for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup title. Immediately after, Abueva stopped showing up to their practices. After they won their first game without him against GlobalPort, Jeron Teng was stabbed in an altercation.
Although Teng's numbers have taken a dip since the fiery start to his PBA career in the Philippine Cup where he was Alaska's leading scorer, the rookie played his best game of the Commissioner's Cup against GlobalPort. There were more minutes to go around with the absence of Abueva and Teng responded with eight points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field while also grabbing 10 rebounds and picking up two steals.
"I found out Jeron got stabbed just after church and I went to the hospital to see them," admitted Alaska head coach Alex Compton. "I could not believe it. Actually, I could not believe what happened to us in the past week."
Compton was not keen on commenting about the fight since all he has is second-hand information and there is already an ongoing investigation about it, but he took the opportunity to remind the rest of the Aces to always be mindful about their safety.
"From our side, we talked about being smart. The unfortunate truth is that at times, guys can be targets and we need to be and, this sounds really weird but, man enough to walk away," the coach said. "Because you never know what's going to happen. And you might be 100% in the right. I'm not saying Jeron was wrong. But you don't know anything about a guy you've never met. We just want our guys to be safe and to be smart and to just get out of there. There's no point to prove."
As for Teng, Compton believes that he'll bounce back from the situation as soon as possible.
"He's a great kid from a great family. Stuff happens but he'll recover from it."