Inspired Kevin Alas believes early preparation could be key in NLEX's Governors Cup campaign
Kevin Alas played inspired as he led the NLEX locals with 20 points. Jerome Ascano

THE early bird catches the worm as the saying goes. And such case applies for NLEX at least, judging by the way it won its debut game in the PBA Governors Cup.

Getting the benefit of being the first team to have prepared for the season-ending meet, the Road Warriors picked up from where they left off the last time after posting a 112-102 win over the Alaska Aces Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

As the first team to be booted out during the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup, NLEX also began its preparation for the meet way ahead of the rest of the field.

Somehow, Kevin Alas admitted that factored in the team’s third straight win over the Aces this season.

“Malaking bagay na we started early,” said the third year guard out of Letran, noting NLEX was back in training as early as June 7 to let new acquisitions JR Quinahan, Alex Mallari, Larry Fonacier, and Kenneth Ighalo get more familiar playing the Road Warriors’ system.

“I think were one of the earliest teams to practice, parang yung ibang teams nagbabakasyon pa lang. So malaking bagay yun (because) we’re able to build our chemistry,” added Alas, who mentioned God, family, and new beau Selina Dagdag as those who inspired him from playing.

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Coach Yeng Guiao agreed with his young guard, who was the top local scorer of NLEX in its win over the Aces with 20 points.

“We really prepared to compete this conference. We made a lot of major decisions towards the end of the last conference. We practiced the earliest among the teams, and we brought in our import the earliest among all the teams so we’re just glad it’s paying off,” added Guiao.

But Alas, the former ace player of Letran, doesn’t want to get too far ahead. He’s quick to remind everybody that this is just one game.

“It’s hard to judge it in just one game,” he said. I think we need to be consistent. Ang sa akin lang, huwag kami masyadong mag-enjoy sa panalo (na ito).”

The Road Warriors will only have two days of rest as they return to action on Saturday against KIA Picanto at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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