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.
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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