MANILA, Philippines – Friday’s Game 3 between Letran and San Beda Red will be coach Louie Alas’ last appearance as mentor of the Knights.
This after the longtime Letran head coach announced he won’t be back next season. He made the announcement after the Knights’ 39-67 loss to the Red Lions for a runner-up finish in the 88th NCAA men’s seniors basketball season.
"I will rest first. It is time to move on. I already told my players that my decision is irrevocable," Alas told scribes in the post-game pres s conference.
“I did this because coaching already affects my relationship with (player-sons) Kevin and Junjun. It’s kind of tiring so I hope the management would understand," he added.
Despite finishing with a whimper in Game 3, Alas is proud of the Knights’ run this season.
"I’m still happy with the loss and I told the boys to keep their heads up because we only got a few believers before we got to the finals,” said the longtime Letran mentor.
"But it was not our destiny. We're not destined to be champions this year," he added.
Alas started coaching the Knights in 1998 then returned to call the shots for the team from 2002 up to this year. He leaves the NCAA with three titles and 10 Final Four stints.
Alas is currently an assistant coach of the Alaska Aces in the PBA.