NLEX sophomore guard Kevin Alas is taking the PBA Governors Cup as an opportunity to learn from the team’s 2 imports.
Aside from comebacking American import Henry Walker, the Road Warriors brought in Lebanese playmaker Rodrigue Akl as their Asian reinforcement for the season-ending conference.
The six-foot guard out of Letran has come off the bench for NLEX, playing behind many-time the 6-foot-1 Akl this conference.
But he isn’t complaining at all.
“With the experience internationally, siguro ang magandang bagay is nase-share niya (Akl) sa amin yung mga natutunan niya and especially sa akin, kasi kita mo yung point guard attributes niya sa game,” Alas told FOX Sports, moments after NLEX dropped a 94-93 decision to defending champion San Miguel Beer Friday night.
The 24-year-old Alas said Akl is a picture of stability as he runs the team’s offense during the Road Warriors’ first 2 games.
Akl played for the Lebanon national team in the 2009 and 2011 Fiba-Asia men’s championships, respectively.
Meantime, Alas said he will just have to find ways to contribute to support Walker, who followed up his 44-point explosion last week against Blackwater with a 33-point effort in the loss against San Miguel.
“Si Henry Walker talagang scorer, so siguro yung mga locals, we have to step up kasi di naman niya kaya mag-isa,” shared the 2nd overall pick in the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft.
“And ako, I have to pick my spots kasi yung import namin scorer talaga and kung may chance, I have to grab the opportunity whether kung score or pumasa or mag-drive,” he added.
NLEX returns to action next Wednesday when it faces Barangay Ginebra. – Richard Dy
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