NLEX gets timely boost ahead of playoffs as Kevin Alas returns vs NorthPort

The NLEX Road Warriors made good on their promise to bounce back in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, as they already clinched a twice-to-beat playoff advantage and is currently on top of the standings with an 8-1 record.

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It seems that more good fortunes continue to come their way, as their talented guard Kevin Alas is set to make his return after recuperating from a second ACL tear he sustained last February.

The team confirmed that the former Letran Knight will suit up against the NorthPort Batang Pier at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

“Feeling blessed. Ito lang naman gusto ko na makabalik. Prayer ko lang, maging healthy ako for the rest of my career,” Alas was quoted as saying in a video clip uploaded in NLEX’s official social media accounts.

After undergoing two major knee surgeries at just 27 years old, Alas has learned to value the game even more and developed a deeper appreciation for it during his time away from the sport.

“Siguro ito ang plano ng Diyos sa akin to help inspire others facing struggles,” he said in the clip.

Alas was supposed to make his Govs’ Cup debut last Sunday against the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok, but coach Yeng Guiao opted to delay his return to avoid the dreaded “Ynares curse”, per a SPIN report. Alas tore his ACL twice while playing at the Ynares Center.

Prior to the setback, Alas was averaging 8.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in five games in the 2019 Philippine Cup.

He is expected to come off the bench and reinforce a stacked NLEX backcourt rotation that includes Kiefer Ravena, Jericho Cruz, Philip Paniamogan, and Bong Galanza.

(Image from PBA)

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