Kevin Alas, the sneakerhead and candy lover

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07:29 PM July 26th, 2016

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July 26th, 2016 07:29 PM

There must be a secret for a shooter as sweet as Kevin Alas.

And he willingly bared that when he let Buhay PBA raid his condo.

“Mahilig ako sa candy kaya puro candy laman ng condo ko,” the NLEX guard shared, showing the jars of sweets that pepper his tabletop.

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But that’s not the lone thing in his tabletop, but also photos of him with his family.

Alas said that being a son of a coach, in this case Alaska assistant coach Louie Alas, he has fought all his life to buck the idea of him being handed everything he got on a silver plate.

“Iba din yung pressure pag yung dad mo is a coach. Yung expectation sa yo, mataas. Minsan, baka iniisip ng tao ginagamit mo yung dad mo so you have to perform very well,” he said.

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And he has proved his doubters wrong, earning stints with the national team, with mementos like his championship jerseys hanging on his wall.

It’s also unusual to note that a millennial like the 24-year-old Alas is a superstitious one: “Pag maganda ang nilaro ko, kung ano yung kinain ko before the game, yun ang kakainin ko for the next games.”

He also showed his sneaker collection ranging from Jordans, Kobes to Currys, with a few of them even signed by Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry in their respective visits to the country.

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But Alas’ most prized possession aren’t those, but rather, his beloved Jordan 11s.

“Yun yung pinakamagandang Jordans na nilabas. Nakakapanghinayang sya kung ipamigay ko lang,” he said.

As he focuses on continuing to make his mark in the PBA, Alas wants to continue improving his game as he makes it a point to drill as much as 200 shots every practice.

“Pagdating sa game, titira ka lang naman ng ilan, so sa practice I make 200 shots a day. Dapat prepared ka,” he said, eyeing for a better ending in his second year after an ankle injury robbed him of a rousing finish to his rookie season.

“Feeling ko yung full potential ko di ko pa naipakita,” he said.

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