KEVIN Alas is elated to win the D-League MVP award, especially since it is his first in a domestic league.
In a perfect farewell before jumping to the professional ranks, Alas was given the Most Valuable Player award after a remarkable performance with NLEX in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
The 22-year-old Alas said the MVP award is the first for him in the Philippines.
He won an MVP award in the Super Kung Sheung Cup in 2013 in Hong Kong while playing for the Gilas cadet team. On home soil the highest individual award he got was a place in the Mythical First Team of the NCAA while with Letran.
“Parang perfect sendoff,” the Letran star said. “Nag-champion tapos bonus pa ’yung MVP.”
Now he bids goodbye to an illustrious amateur career and will apply for the coming PBA draft.
Alas tallied 29.90 statistical points, beating ex-pros Reil Cervantes of Blackwater Sports and Jason Ballesteros of Jumbo Plastic Linoleum.
He led NLEX to the top in the Foundation Cup, with the Road Warriors winning all their 13 games including a sweep of Blackwater Sports in the finals.
NLEX won its sixth crown in the developmental league and is also expected to move to the PBA.
“Karamihan sa amin, huling pagsasama na namin. Masaya ako na last na namin tapos nag-champion pa. Bonus pa itong MVP,” Alas said.
“Personally, hindi ko makukuha ‘yung MVP kung hindi dahil sa pamilya ko, coach Boyet (Fernandez) at sa mga teammates ko. Pinapagalitan ako lagi ni coach Boyet pero tinututukan niya ako at pine-prepare ako sa PBA,” said Alas.