Kevin Alas: Game 3 loss vs Magnolia a 'good lesson for us'
Philip Matel on Mar 14, 2018 11:07 PM
Kevin Alas took responsibility for his defensive blunders, conceding the fact that it was him that let Jio Jalalon start the game hot.
NLEX guard Kevin Alas said that his team learned a valuable lesson in the 99-106 decision against Magnolia in Game 3 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at the Big Dome.
The Letran alumnus says that the loss may have happened for a reason, but is not discounting the fact that this is their first time as a franchise to go this far in the postseason.
"It's a good learning lesson for us. Us a group, ito yung first time namin makarating dito. Hindi naman sa sinasabi ko na okay yung nangyari but maybe it happens for a reason."
Alas also mentioned that he and his teammates were ready for the physicality, a calling card of their opponents, but admitted that they had a hard time getting by the veteran-laden squad.
When asked about Jio Jalalon's 25-point performance on 10/13 shooting, Alas took responsibility for his defensive blunders, conceding the fact that it was him that let Jalalon start the game hot, and finished the game scorching hot from downtown on an 80-percent clip.
"Nakasama na namin yan sa Gilas e. We know his tendencies. Ganda ng laro niya. Props to him, we just have to prepare for him for the next game," Alas said.
"Siguro, I have to take responsibility kasi si Jio started very hot at ako yung tao niya. I have to take responsibility for that. It's a matter of the small details and yun yung nag-dictate ng game -- napabayaan si Jio."
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