LOUIE Alas celebrated his 55th birthday on Wednesday but the Phoenix coach said the team never revealed any plans for a celebration prior to the game against NLEX.
“Hindi naming pinag-uusapan birthday ko. Siguro pagdating ko sa dugout. Mabuti may dala akong extra shirt,” said Alas during the postgame press conference.
Following its 26-point win over NLEX on Wednesday, Phoenix was finally able to celebrate Alas’ special day.
In the dugout after their 123-97 victory, the Fuel Masters doused their head coach with water as if the team had won a championship, then let him blow his birthday cake.
Alas said he is proud of the performance of the team against NLEX.
“Hindi ko ineexpect ‘yun. Ang preparation ko, expect a very close game. Galing ang NLEX sa talo against Ginebra. Knowing coach Yeng (Guiao), hindi siya papayag sa ganun,” Alas said.