WINLESS after two games in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup, Kevin Alas admitted life is hard for defending champion NLEX without big man Ian Sangalang.
The Best Player of last conference who suited up for the Road Warriors in the last four tournaments, was released unconditionally by NLEX to new team EA Regen Medicine, owned by Sangalang’s patron Dennis Pineda.
Without Sangalang and frontline partner Greg Slaughter in the middle, the Road Warriors have lost their first two outings and now find themselves in an unfamiliar position at the bottom end of the standings.
“I would lie if I say walang epekto `yung pag-alis nila (Sangalang). Nahihirapan kami without them,” said Alas about the absence of Sangalang and Slaughter.
The seven-foot Slaughter has taken a leave from the Road Warriors this conference as he concentrates on his duty with the Gilas Pilipinas national team and his studies at Ateneo.
“Mahirap kasi maglaro if we’re playing without a legit center,” added the son of Alaska deputy coach Louie Alas.
“Honestly, he (Sangalang) is a very big part of the team. He is the MVP,” the former Letran star guard said of the talented 6-foot-7 San Sebastian stalwart.
The Road Warriors lost their debut game against Big Chill, 77-86, and followed it up with another setback against Cebuana Lhuillier last Thursday, 64-71.
For the Road Warriors to get back on the winning track, Alas said everybody just have to step up and fill the void left by Sangalang.
"I guess we have to double our effort and trust each other more," he said.