THE more mentors, the merrier for Kevin Alas.
Already given the chance to pick the brain of Larry Fonacier and JR Quiñahan, Alas welcomed a new teacher in Cyrus Baguio at NLEX.
Alas, who leads the Road Warriors locals in scoring with 16.8 points on 51-percent shooting, along with 5.7 boards, and 2.8 assists in 29.7 minutes in his first six games in the Governors’ Cup, has credited part of his breakout performance to being under the guidance of veterans Fonacier and Quiñahan, aside from coach Yeng Guiao.
Now, the third-year playmaker has another veteran presence to turn to in Baguio, who arrived via a three-team trade last Tuesday and is set to make his debut on Friday against Blackwater.
“I see Cyrus as another mentor for me, kasi pagdating nila Larry and JR, I consider them as my (mentors). May bago na namang magshe-share ng knowledge para sa akin at the same time sa buong team,” Alas said in a chat with SPIN.ph after practice on Thursday. “I feel na malaking bagay yun na if we want to make it to the playoffs, kasi we know na Cyrus has championship experience.”
“Ang tagal na rin niya sa PBA, yung laro niya, he’s been consistent in the league, so magandang tularan,” he added of the three-time champion and 14-year veteran. “Kasi considered as isa sa mga idol yan.”
It’s Baguio’s pleasure to mentor not just Alas but also Alex Mallari and the rest of the Road Warriors’ young guns who have all contributed in the team’s 5-1 win-loss start in the Governors’ Cup.
“Nakausap ko nga sila eh, sabi ko, ang ganda ng pinapakita nila ngayon, parang naaalala ko nga yung rookie year ko eh, ganun ako kabilis,” Baguio said of Alas and Mallari. “Pasok sila sa sistema ni coach Yeng.”
“Ipagpatuloy lang nila yung ginagawa nila, wag lang magka-problema, dahil lalabas talaga yung talent nila dito kay coach Yeng,” he added. “Kilalang-kilala ko si coach Yeng: lahat ng mga players dito na na-handle ni coach Yeng, lumalabas talaga yung laro eh.”
And once they get the opportunity, they should make the most out of it, Baguio added.
“Laban lang lagi, wag mag-hesitate, kasi kilala naman nila si coach Yeng: pag medyo hindi ka nag-go hard, may maririnig ka talaga, so kailangan all out ka talaga pag pinasok ka,” Baguio said.
“Konting advice lang sa kanila, i-guide ko lang sila, and I think malayo mararating nitong team na ito,” he added.