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Who else but Alas as new NLEX ace

In a span of four seconds, Kevin Alas turned potential goat to savior and the NLEX Road Warriors went on to finally nail a franchise-best three straight wins at the start of a Philippine Basketball Association tournament.

Alas finished with a career-best 24 points as the Road Warriors nosed out the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in double overtime, 122-114, last Wednesday to grab the early lead in the Governors’ Cup in their worthiest showing since Yeng Guiao took over as coach at the start of the 2016-2017 season.

Kevin Alas of NLEX. Inquirer.net photo
True to his family name which means an ace in English, Alas atoned for what seemed like a fatal blunder that allowed Chris Tiu to give Rain or Shine a 110-108 lead with two free throws, time down to six seconds in overtime.

Alas had earlier fouled Tiu during a jump ball and Guiao minced no words describing Alas’ uncalled-for infraction as “f…..g stupid” during a timeout he called to hopefully avoid the impending disaster. But he kept Alas in the game instead of sacking him as other coaches would have normally done as penalty for the grave error. And his gut-feel proved decisive.

After the NLEX throw-in in its own court, Alas asked for the ball and then sliced through the ROS defense with a layup with two seconds left that forged the second extension. Regulation ended at 101-all.

Alas was not through, however.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/258635/else-alas-new-nlex-ace

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