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    Kevin Alas feels legs stronger than ever in first tune-up game in nine months

    Jan 5, 2019
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    KEVIN Alas is looking forward to the coming season of the PBA after he sustained an ACL injury last year that forced him to miss a huge amount of games for the Road Warriors.

    Alas is back in form after having recovered from the injury he suffered during the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals against Magnolia. He missed a total of 24 out of a possible 42 games last season.

    Alas, a few days ago, played his first PBA tune-up game back from the injury with the Road Warriors, winning over TNT in the affair that saw Alas finish with nine points.

    “I’m happy to be back,” the 27-year-old former Letran Knight said. “SIguro parang iniisip ko na blessing in disguise kasi feeling ko mas lumakas ‘yung legs ko. Kumbaga nung nagre-rehab ako, na-focus ko rin ‘yung pagkukulang ko sa laro ko. Kailangan ko iimprove. I took it positively.”

    Alas said he has gotten stronger while he was doing rehab from his injury. That also gave him the opportunity to work on his other aspects of the game.

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    “Sa PBA, kailangan malakas ka. That’s one thing na na-improve ko. Nagpalakas ako. At the same time, nag-focus ako sa outside shooting ko,” said Alas.

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    After he recovered from the injury, Alas began his preparations for the coming season in earnest. Even before NLEX resumed practice last December 12, Alas also worked out with MPBL side Bataan Risers, whose head coach Jojo Lastimosa is also the assistant coach of NLEX.

    Alas though said he still need to log a few more games in order to get into game shape.

    “Nung una, parang weird sa feeling. Bilis ko mapagod. First three points ko, airball. Sumigaw si coach Yeng na parang okay lang ‘yan. After nun, na-shoot naman. Parang siguro akala ko parang 100 percent na ako. Iba pa rin ‘yun game shape. Kailangan ko pa makuha ‘yung rhythm ko,” said Alas.

    “To be honest, hindi ko masasagot,” said Alas, when asked when he feels he will be in game shape. “Siguro, makukuha ko siya more kapag naglaro pa ako ng mga tune-up games. Siguro pagdating ng season, doon ko mabi-build ‘yung confidence ko,” said Alas.

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