NBA veteran Al Thornton may have been the biggest thorn for Barangay Ginebra, but NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez also pulled an ace in sophomore guard Kevin Alas in the Road Warriors’ come-from-behind 114-112 overtime win on Friday night.
Thornton closed out the win with half of his 50 points coming in the 4th quarter and overtime but it was Alas who sparked their comeback at the start of the 2nd half.
Alas, playing in his 2nd conference with NLEX, went off for a career-high 21 points that went with 3 rebounds, a steal and an assist in 39 minutes.
He hit 7 of his total in the pivotal 3rd quarter run where NLEX grabbed a 72-69 lead before settling for a 73-all score heading into the fourth quarter after staring at a 41-51 halftime deficit.
Fully recovered from the ankle injury that sidelined him for a large chunk of his rookie season, Alas feels stronger now fueling his confidence against the Kings that own one of the better backcourts in the league.
“I’m feeling much better than last conference. Kasi nung bumalik ako coming from an injury, 1 week lang ako nakapag-practice with the team so during the break, talagang nag-rest ako at pinalakas ko ang ankle ko. So I think yun yung nakatulong sa akin,” Alas told FOX Sports.
Alas came from Talk n Text in the off-season multi-player blockbuster trade that also involved this year’s 2nd overall pick Troy Rosario.
In 11 games last conference, Alas only averaged 7.4 points on 38 percent shooting for the Road Warriors.
But Alas knows that 1 game doesn’t make him a rising star in the league. The former Letran ace hopes to be more consistent this time around.
“Happy ako dahil nanalo kami at maganda ang laro ko. Sana maging consistent na,” said Alas.