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    Garcia's pronouncement leaves Alas perplexed

    Jan 30, 2013

    Former Letran men’s basketball coach Louie Alas said on Wednesday that he was left perplexed by successor Caloy Garcia’s statement saying the Knights are ready to play in the next NCAA season even if star Kevin Alas decides to forego his final year of eligibility.

    Alas said Garcia's statement runs counter to his statement made shortly after his appointment, when the longtime Rain or Shine assistant coach said his first order of business was to convince the young Alas to stay.

    Garcia had even called up the older Alas to seek out his help in making the Knights star stay put.

    “What's the use of convincing Kevin to stay if ready naman pala siya?” said Louie Alas, who has steered the Intramuros-based school to three titles and 10 Final Four appearances in 12 seasons in the NCAA before stepping down at the end of December.

    Garcia also said at the PSA Forum on Tuesday that Kevin’s older brother, Junjun, is likewise undecided on playing next year and will follow suit when Kevin decides to come aboard - a scenario the father belied.

    Alas, who had backed Garcia's appointment, said Junjun is just finishing his tour of duty with Café France in the PBA D-League before rejoining the Knights in practice and his stint will have nothing to do with Kevin's decision.

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