TALK ‘N Text rookie Kevin Alas had a short chat with Rain or Shine star Paul Lee outside their respective dugouts before their PBA game on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Idol, huwag mo ako titirahin ha,” the second overall pick, incidentally by the Elasto Painters, in this year’s draft told Lee in jest.
Getting hit turned out to be the least of Alas’ worries as he ran rings around the Rain or Shine defense, leading the Tropang Texters to a 99-76 victory in the Philippine Cup eliminations.
It turned out Lee was the one who got hurt as the Gilas Pilipinas standout suffered a contusion on his right shinbone after a collision, albeit accidental, with Texters guard Ryan Reyes early in the third quarter.
It was Lee’s second injury just four games into the season, having suffered from patellar tendinitis after the Painters’ 87-79 loss to San Miguel Beer in their first game of the season.
But Lee assured everyone he was fine.
“Okay lang ako. Normal lang naman sa game ‘yun,” said the Tondo native, who finished with eight points, one rebound, and one assist in 13 minutes.
“Nalamog lang, but nothing serious,” ROS team manager Boy Lapid added.
Alas, on the other hand, had a breakout game against his former team, churning out 18 points, six boards, and four assists in 21 minutes as he sparked the rout with a blistering performance in the third quarter.
Alas, though, was also a recipient of the Painters’ trademark physicality as he appeared to hit a brick wall when he bumped into one-half of the Extra Rice Inc. in Beau Belga in the fourth quarter when the Texters already had a comfortable lead.
But the rookie shrugged off the incident against his former teammate.
“Part naman ng game ‘yun. Hindi na kailangan bawian. Itawa mo na lang dapat, dahil syempre lamang ka naman,” said the son of Alaska assistant coach Louie Alas.
“Nung teammates kami, hindi naman ganun. Pag sa kalaban ka lang kailangan maging physical talaga. Naintindihan ko naman ‘yun.”