Alas believes hunger for first championship will make a difference for NLEX

The Road Warriors leveled the semis duel at 2-2 courtesy of a 91-79 win over the Hotshots that saw not just Alas or fellow Gilas mainstay Kiefer Ravena step up but also veterans JR Quinahan, Cyrus Baguio and Larry Fonacier and unheralded center Raul Soyud.

NLEX tries to regain the series lead and move one step closer to making the finals for the first time in franchise history Sunday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

Game 6 is on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, with a deciding seventh game, if necessary, slated Thursday in Antipolo.

“Kumbaga chess match na ‘to e,” said Alas, who finished Game 4 with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists. “Siguro it’s a matter of giving your 100 percent kasi sometimes going into the game, akala namin, we’re feeling good about ourselves.