LETRAN coach Louie Alas said on Monday he will first seek advice from his family and the Letran priest/officials before deciding on a public apology demanded by NCAA commissioner Joe Lipa for his slit-throat gesture over the officiating in Game Two of the Finals last Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Need to talk to my family and Letran fathers muna,” Alas said in a text message.
Alas, 49, made the gesture — similar to what University of Santo Tomas mentor Pido Jarencio did in Game One of the UAAP Finals — toward the officials after he incurred a technical foul for excessively complaining over a questionable offensive foul called on his son, Kevin, late in the third quarter.
In reaction, Romy Guevarra, the referees’ supervisor, countered with a likewise offensive gesture moments before the final buzzer sounded on the Knights’ 64-55 win over San Beda that forged a winner-take-all showdown.
“He gave me a dirty finger. It was uncalled for,” the elder Alas said in the post-game conference.
The NCAA management committee is set to meet later Monday to discuss the issue.
Alas later thanked his assistant coaches for helping calm him down not allow things to get out of hand in the third period when the Lions limited the Knights to just four points and turned a nine-point halftime deficit into a two-point lead heading into the fourth.
“I have to give credit to my assistant coaches,” the multi-titled mentor said. “They told me to settle down. Sabi nga nila kung yung leader mo yung mawawala sa focus, lahat bababa yung laro.”