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    No regrets for Alas after Knights make it back to NCAA finals without him

    Nov 7, 2013
    “When I made the decision (not to come back), I know the boys can go all the way back to the Finals. Parang walang nawala sa team. There’s Rey Nambatac to take my spot, (Ford) Ruaya to take (Jam) Cortes spot," says former Letran star Kevin Ala

    GILAS cadet pool member Kevin Alas doesn’t feel a tinge of regret after seeing Letran make it back to the NCAA men’s basketball Finals.

    Alas, the former top gunner of the Knights, opted to forego his final playing year with the school as he decided to concentrate on playing for the national team in various international competitions.

    The national team player said he doesn’t regret his earlier decision to skip Season 89 of the league.

    “Honestly, I have no regrets,” Alas disclosed to Spin.ph. “Every time I make a decision, I make sure na hindi ko pagsisisihan and kaya kong panindigan.”

    Even without him, the Knights remained a force to be reckoned with as they booked a return trip to the title series after beating the San Sebastian Stags in the Final Four Thursday, 85-58, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The son of former Letran coach Louie Alas was the least surprised seeing his school earn another shot for a championship after seeing the holdovers strive hard to keep the Knights a title-contending team.

    “When I made the decision, I know the boys can go all the way back to the Finals. Parang walang nawala sa team. There’s Rey Nambatac to take my spot, (Ford) Ruaya to take (Jam) Cortes spot.

    Then Raymund (Almazan), Mark (Cruz), K-Racs (Kevin Racal), they stepped their games up a notch higher,” Alas said.

    The high-scoring guard expects the Knights to go all the way against defending champion and top seed San Beda, which demolished Perpetual Help, 70-51, in the other Final Four encounter.

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    “Very experienced ang team. Naka-instill na sa kanila ang winning tradition,” Alas said.

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    “When I made the decision (not to come back), I know the boys can go all the way back to the Finals. Parang walang nawala sa team. There’s Rey Nambatac to take my spot, (Ford) Ruaya to take (Jam) Cortes spot," says former Letran star Kevin Ala
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