KEVIN Alas felt Mark Borboran flopped in the crucial seconds of the overtime period that led to two free throws and sealed NLEX’s downfall in Phoenix's 95-91 win on Friday night in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Flop,” was the curt reply of the sophomore guard when asked about the critical call with 18 seconds left in the extra period and the Road Warriors down by just two points and NLEX import Henry Walker already in possession of the rebound after a Willy Wilson miss.
Borboran was given two free throws which he calmly sank for a 93-89 lead as the Fuel Masters hang on to clinch their third win in seven outings.
“We could have a chance, att least. Pero yun ang nakita ng referee, so wala na akong magagawa run.”
The play had Alas fighting off a screen underneath the Phoenix basket and bumped off Borboran in an attempt to box him out off the rebound, causing the veteran forward to fall to the floor.
Told that it could have been a late call instead of a foul, Alas had second thought.
“I felt it’s a flop e,” he stressed. “Late call din ... kasi nakatumba na tsaka lang tumawag. Pero yun ang nakita nga ng referee kaya wala na akong magagawa run.”
But the son of Alaska deputy coach Louie Alas said the Road Warriors also had a hand in their fifth loss in eight games. He rued about the team not playing smart basketball especially late in regulation when they held an 82-78 lead.
“Sana hindi na umabot ng overtime. The ball was in our hands na e” he said. “Pero nangyari na ang nangyari.”
The loss spoiled what was a splendid performance by Alas, whose coast to coast drive in the final 1.7 seconds sent the game into overtime, 84-84. He finished with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, and added four rebounds, and three assists.
The frustration could have carried over after the game that he tweeted ‘Soft as F!’ on his account @kevinlouiealas following the loss.
When queried about it, he said it wasn’t meant about the outcome of the game.
“Hindi ako, yun para sa babae yun,” he said before hurriedly excusing himself.
Several others, including Alas' own dad Louie, also aired their opinion about the call made by one of the league's new lady referees.
Meanwhile, Meralco guard Jared Dillinger noticed something that didn't have anything to do with the officiating, but said was 'painful' just the same.