LOUIE Alas blamed Letran’s poor endgame execution for the Knights’ 60-62 Game One loss to San Beda on Thursday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Basketball is a game of execution, but we weren’t able to execute down the wire,” the Knights coach said.
The Knights had executed admirably for most part of the game, until their last offensive possession inside the last 20 seconds that led to a crucial turnover by Kevin Alas, the coach’s son.
The elder Alas said the Knights could have averted the mishap had point guard Mark Cruz passed the ball to an open Carlo Lituania in the right corner, instead of forcing a pass to Alas, who was immediately swarmed by a double-team.
“I told (Mark) after the game that he should've looked for other options pero hindi mo rin siya masisi kasi sa mga time na ganun, you really have to find your top gun,” Alas said.
The Knights also failed to make adjustments in the third quarter when they could not protect their biggest lead at 35-27 midway through the period after the Lions shifted to a zone defense and turned to Baser Amer and second-stringer Ryusei Koga on offense to retake the lead entering the fourth.
“Hindi pwede ganito against Beda, which is a very disciplined team. Kumurap ka lang sa kanila, marami na mangyayari,” Alas said.
The elder Alas also pointed out that he lost all his timeouts as early as three minutes into the fourth quarter.
“Naging problema ko rin yung timeout, naubos nung seven minutes.”
Still, Alas found some positives from the game.
“We (found out we) can compete,” said Alas, who has never beaten the Lions in 14 games spanning five years. "Kailangan lang maging consistent kami for 40 minutes.”
“We’ll bounce back on Saturday,” Alas concluded.