RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said he was long convinced of what Kevin Alas is capable of doing, the reason the Elasto Painters made him the No. 2 pick in this year’s PBA rookie draft.
What the veteran mentor rued was seeing the rookie guard, now with Talk ‘N Text, play his breakout game as a pro against his former team in their first meeting since getting traded in the offseason.
“I know Kevin has that potential. I’m just a little surprised because natapat yung game namin sa probably his best game in the PBA,” Guiao said after Alas led the Tropang Texters to a 99-76 win over the Painters on Sunday.
“But I know he has that potential,” he reiterated. “That’s the reason why we drafted him at number two.”
After the former Letran star dropped 18 points on the Painters to go with six rebounds and four assists, Guiao didn't exactly relish being proven right about Alas' potential.
But Guiao insisted he also has no regrets.
“Wala (regrets). Desidido kami.”
Guiao drafted Alas at No. 2 as an 'insurance cover' at a time when Rain or Shine star Paul Lee wasn't signed yet to a contract - then traded him away when the Gilas star chose to stay put.
Keeping Alas, Guiao said, would have been unfair to the player who would've found himself getting buried in a Rain or Shine rotation that also had Ryan Arana, Chris Tiu, Jeff Chan, and Gabe Norwood.
“It was a question of making him stay and giving him less of an opportunity to develop and wait for Paul (Lee), Ryan (Arana), Chris (Tiu), or Gabe (Norwood) to perhaps play out their years tapos siya naman,” Guiao added. “Eh sa Talk ‘N Text, ready na siya ‘dun eh. Nakasalang na siya ‘dun. Sa amin, maghihintay pa siya.
“I think it’s good for us and it’s good for him also (with the way things turned out).”