Pasaol canít be stopped as Warriors frustrate Maroons

Pasaol canít be stopped as Warriors frustrate Maroons
NOBODY. Alvin Pasaol made quick work of each and every body UP threw at him.

From the get-go, it was apparent that Alvin Pasaol was playing on a level way above everybody else on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

It didn’t take long for the rest of University of the East to join him there as they piled onto the woes of fast fading University of the Philippines, 73-64, for their third win in the last four games in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The second-year sensation had nine points just in the first eight minutes as he and his Red Warriors raced to a 21-8 start.

Of course, State U would battle back and even snatched away a 47-46 lead late in the third before Pasaol had all but three points in the 9-1 counter that re-established a 57-48 edge in favor of his team.

Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano again pulled the Maroons to as close as 62-68 inside the last two minutes only to see the UE’s burly forward again turn them back with an inside basket and a bonus.

That would be more than enough for UE to improve to 3-7 in the standings – still well and alive for the Final Four. “You know, habang may buhay, may pag-asa. Until there are four teams that make it, we still have a shot,” a beaming head coach Derrick Pumaren said.

Pasaol wound up with 32 points, 13 rebounds, and two steals while Mark Olayon also contributed an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double.

The offense was unstoppable, but so was the defense as the Red Warriors frustrated the Cebuano connection of Paul Desiderio and Jun Manzo to only a combined 15 points in 6-of-29 shooting and Malian reinforcement Ibrahim Ouattara to only two points and five fouls.

“We did a great job defensively. We had three guys na we just had to make sure to contain,” Pumaren said. “It was a great effort for all of the guys.”

In fact, by his lonesome, Pasaol outscored UP’s entire starting lineup bannered by Desiderio, Manzo, and Ouattara, 32-17.

With their main men struggling, Juan GDL did his all with a career-high 22 points on top of eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals while brother Javi chipped in a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double.

After their biggest win in over a season, they have now lost five of the last six. Now at 4-6, they have fallen farther back in the playoff race.

BOX SCORES

UE 73 – Pasaol 32, Olayon 11, Derige 9, Manalang 7, Maloles 5, Varilla 4, Acuno 3, Bartolome 2, Connner 0, Gagate 0

UP 64 – Gomez de Liano Ju 22, Gomez de Liano Ja 17, Desiderio 8, Manzo 7, Vito 4, Romero 4, Ouattara 2, Lim 0, Webb 0, Ricafort 0, Jaboneta 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-13, 36-28, 48-47, 73-64

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