DESPITE feeling sad about his father’s resignation as Letran coach, star player Kevin Louie Alas said he’s supporting the decision with all his heart.
“Siyempre, kung saan siya masaya kailangan suportahan ko,” said the young Alas, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Tuesday.
In a talk with Spin.ph on Monday night, Louie Alas bared that Letran president Fr. Tamerlane Lana finally let him go after submitting an irrevocable resignation following the Knights' loss to the San Beda Red Lions in the recent NCAA men’s basketball finals.
Alas said his resignation takes effect on December 31.
The one-time national mentor said his coach-player relationship with his two sons currently playing for the Knights factored a lot in his decision to quit.
“For the past four years, I had been very hard on them. I wanted to treat everybody in the team equally, kaya hindi anak ang tingin ko sa kanila. Mabigat, and alam ko nahihirapan din naman sila,” he said.
Kevin, the second of four Alas playing boys, admitted there’s nothing he can do with his father's decision.
“Honestly, wala akong magagawa doon. Di na maibabalik yun,” he said with a tinge of regret.
That woeful feeling almost doubled on his special day when NLEX teetered on the brink of defeat against Jose Rizal University in their PBA D-League Aspirant Cup game at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Good thing Ian Sanggalang and Ronald Pascual were there to save everything for the Road Warriors, who completed a come-from-behind 91-87 win.
Alas, who finished with eight points, said the team tended to relax after winning its first two games by wide margins.
“We tend to be overconfident,” he said. “Iniisip kasi namin na ang lakas namin kaya hindi namin pinag-hihirapan `yung laro.”
While the Road Warriors may have escaped with the victory, Alas said the experience should serve as a big wake-up call for the team.
“Aayusin na namin `yung attitude namin. Next time huwag na kami dapat maging overconfident,” he stressed.
“Character win ito para sa amin.”