Kevin Alas played the best game of his young PBA career, but his dad, Louie Alas seized the night as the Alaska Aces turned back the Talk N Text Tropang Texters.
The younger Alas, a rookie standout for the Tropang Texters, came through with 15 points, including two triples.
He was able to play a solid game while team captain Jimmy Alapag is still trying to get his conditioning back.
“I feel good about it, but I would trade this performance for a win,” the younger Alas told Tiebreaker Times.
Kevin arrived earlier than his dad, coming from a condo he rented just recently. The condo is just a few kilometers away from the Big Dome as he was preparing for this much-awaited father and son encounter.
“Nagpaalam nga sa akin, sabi niya doon daw siya tutuloy sa condo. Talagang nag-focus siya sa game. Kami kasi, open naman kami ni Kevin na naguusap about sa basketball and we even exchange notes, except kapag magkalaban yung team naming. Hindi kami nag-uusap. Kaya ganun ang ginawa niya. Doon siya tumuloy sa condo para yung mind niya naka-set na sa game,” added the elder Alas, who coached his son in the NCAA with the Letran Knights.
Even though Coach Louie knows the playing style of his son, it wasn’t much of a factor during the game.
“I was telling Coach Alex about the tendencies of Kevin kung saan siya pupunta o kung ano gagawin niya,” added Louie Alas. “Pero marunong rin talaga maglaro yung bata.”
But it wasn’t just Kevin and Louie who were involved in the game. Other family members were also present to give their support to either Kevin or Louie.
“Si Jun Jun sa akin, yung mommy niya kay Kevin. Kailangan pa naming hatiin yung ticket,” joked Coach Louie.
For Kevin, he has accepted the defeat and has prepared himself from being teased by his dad. “Ready naman na ako doon,” he added.
Louie said he’s happy that his son played his best game so far in his young pro career but was happier that his team prevailed.
“Na-achieve ko yung mga goals ko for the day. Maganda nilaro ni Kevin, but more importantly, we won the game. Because of that, I will be treating my family to dinner.”