ALASKA assistant coach Louie Alas had two prayer requests heading into Tuesday’s big game against Talk ‘N Text - a win for the Aces and a good game for his son Kevin.
Both prayers were answered.
The Aces completed a fiery comeback from 18 points down to pull off a 100-98 win on Calvin Abueva’s game-winning floater at the buzzer, while the younger Alas gave a good account of himself with 15 points for the Tropang Texters.
“My two wishes were granted: manalo kami at maganda ilaro ni Kevin,” said the elder Alas, who was grinning from ear to ear after seeing the Aces book their second straight win to start the PBA Philippine Cup.
Alas, Alaska head coach Alex Compton top assistant, said he treated the game like any other, even giving Alaska guards JV Casio and RJ Jazul tips on how best to stop his son.
The rookie Alas though proved crafty, according to his father.
“Sinasabihan ko nga sa mga guards namin na dito pupunta 'yan or dyan pupunta 'yan, pero it so happened na maruong talaga 'yung bata (Kevin Alas) maglaro eh,” he added.
On the other hand, Kevin Alas said playing against his father gave him a weird felling, especially since he’s never played against the Alaska assistant coach before.
The Talk ‘N Text freshman guard actually played under Louie Alas during his NCAA career with the Letran Knights, with father and son coming close to winning an NCAA championship during the 2012 season.
That year proved to be the Alas father-and-son tandem’s last together as Kevin chose to join the Gilas cadet national program, while Louie decided to concentrate on his duties with the Aces.
“First time ko siya kinalaban. Eh siyempre, iba feeling mo na siya kalaban kasi pag tingin mo sa gilid (nandoon sya sa mga kalaban), pero ako, I just play my game,” said the the 22-year-old.