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    Change of plan for Phoenix: Louie Alas happy to get veteran guard in Alex Mallari

    Dec 13, 2018
    PHOTO: DJ Cubangbang

    PHOENIX coach Louie Alas believes that he got more than enough haul after sending the Fuel Masters' fourth overall pick in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft to NLEX on Thursday.

    "Naghahanap din naman ako ng point guard sa pick. Ito na ang available ngayon, so why not?" he said after attending Day Two of the 2018 PBA Gatorade Draft Combine.

    The Fuel Masters sent their first rounder to the Road Warriors for Alex Mallari, Dave Marcelo and a 2019 second round pick.

    For Alas, the deal is more of Phoenix taking the sure route with the players it might get rather than playing the long game and waiting for the first three selections to be picked.

    "Bakit ka pa maghihintay kung di mo na aabutan yun? Hindi natin alam kung sino ang kukunin ng one to three. Ito, nandyan na sa harap ko," he said.


    Alas had his sights on Abu Tratter at four but says adding proven winners to the Fuel Masters camp means more than acquiring the talent in the level of the former La Salle slotman.

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    "Alex Mallari is a winner. Dave Marcelo is a winner. Sino ba ang hinahanap namin? Yung mga winner," he said.

    Phoenix still owns the 12th selection in the draft, the one it got from Ginebra from the Jeff Chan trade this past season, and Alas hopes to still nab a quality big man or a point guard from the 47-man rookie pool.

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    "Kung may available na malaki o available na point guard, kukunin ko pa rin. Gusto ko yung makikipagpalitan ng mukha. Parang sila (Mark) Barroca, ganyan," he said.

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