Talk 'N Text rookie Kevin Alas credits dad for preparing him defensively in tough semis series against Purefoods
Kevin Alas showed his defensive side in Game Two of the Commissioner's Cup semis series against Purefoods. Jerome Ascano

YOUNG and still a rookie, but Kevin Alas showed he can played with the big boys after displaying the defensive aspect of his game in Talk ‘N Text’s 92-77 victory over Purefoods in Game Two of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series Monday night.

And he has no less than to thank for than his father Louie Alas for preparing him mentally for the best-of-five semifinal series.

“Si papa naman, siyempre ang sabi niya, simulan ko daw sa depensa. Dun kasi nagsisimula ang energy ng team. Saka dun kami nakakakuha ng rhythm namin,” the youthful Alas said in crediting his father, who currently serves as one of Alaska’s assistant coaches and a no-mean defender himself during his playing days.

The 6-foot Alas had his brilliant moment in the final period when he scored 10 of his 12 points, while preventing Purefoods superstar James Yap from exploding in the endgame.

“Eh kasi si James Yap superstar ng PBA yan eh. So ginawa ko lang yung best ko na ma-stop siya or ma-limit mo lang,” said the former Letran star, selected second overall by Rain or Shine in last year’s Rookie Draft.

Known for his calm demeanor, Alas couldn’t help but gave a mean look on Purefoods veteran big man Mick Pennisi after converting on a layup midway in the fourth quarter.

“Part of the game naman yung piskalan. Siguro baka na-motivate din ako. Gusto ko rin ma-shoot at matingnan ko siya (Pennisi),” said Alas, who got entangled with the left-handed Purefoods big man in the fourth period during a loose ball scramble.

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