Mixed feelings for NLEX’s Kevin Alas as he takes on father Louie against Phoenix
Santino Honasan on Jan 02, 2018 05:46 PM
“Siguro it’s a mixed feeling, syempre I want him to be successful, at the same time, pag kalaban ko siya,gusto ko din siyang talunin,”
When the All Filipino Conference of the 43rd PBA season returns to action on January 7th, the 2-0 NLEX Road Warriors go up against the 1-1 Phoenix Fuel Masters.
More than just a pivotal early season matchup for both squads, it will also be NLEX gunner Kevin Alas’ first look at Phoenix’s new head coach: his dad Louie.
“Siguro it’s a mixed feeling, syempre I want him to be successful, at the same time, pag kalaban ko siya,gusto ko din siyang talunin,” Kevin shared with ABS-CBN Sports. “Pero when it comes to basketball, we’re both professionals, alam namin na walang bigayan, we have to get the job done.”
While the Alas boys have been on opposing teams before, with Louie previously serving as an assistant for Alaska, Sunday will be the first time that he’ll be the head coach against his second-born in Kevin.
“Excited kasi to think, college career ko siya coach ko, and then coming to the PBA, lagi ko siyang nakakalaban.” Alas added.
And of course, being that Kevin and Louie will be on opposing sides on the court, the playful banter begins at home.
“Actually meron, kahapon, syempre nag-break kami for the New Year, eh may parang workout place kami sa bahay.” Kevin shares. “Sabi ko ‘workout muna ako, pinag-hahandaan ko kayo eh.’”
Of course, Coach Louie, being the veteran, tenured mentor that he is, needed to clap back a bit.
“Biniro niya ako: ‘Hindi mo makukuha sa ganyan ‘yan. Kahit mag ganyan ka, hindi mo kami tatalunin.’” Kevin added.
“Ganyan, biruan lang, tapos nagtatanong siya kung ano na yung gameplan namin, ganun.”
While playful shots have been fired at home, make no mistake that both Kevin and Coach Louie won’t be holding anything back come game time.