Yes, Alvin Pasaol just topped James Yap’s UAAP-best scoring output
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 04, 2017 08:08 PM
MY TURN. Alvin Pasaol's UAAP-best is 13 points better than James Yap's.
University of the East gave De La Salle University all it could handle on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
And the first and foremost reason was Alvin Pasaol.
Pouring in 49 points on ultra-efficient 20-for-30 shooting, Pasaol was the one who made the game interesting until the dying moments even though it was all but over after three quarters. “Alvin was awesome tonight. I was even telling him, five [less] pounds, he could have scored 60,” a beaming head coach Derrick Pumaren said,
The second-year forward had 41 points to his name inside the last seven minutes – meaning he was two points away from tying the most points scored by a single player in a single game since 2002.
He matched the milestone with an inside basket at the 4:13 mark of the final frame.
Two minutes later, Pasaol made good on a triple to set the new scoring mark in the new era.
Not long after, he added three more points to his total.
Even with the 100-106 loss, it was, without a doubt, an entertaining display for a player who stands at six-foot-three and weighs 220 lbs, but was able to outscore reigning and defending MVP Ben Mbala. “He really gave us a show tonight. Alvin is like, akala mo, hindi niya alam yung play, parang hindi nakikinig, pero once you start the play he knows it,” his mentor said.
He then continued, “Then he’s a player na you will underestimate dahil parang medyo malusog, medyo maraming relaxed muscles, pero kaya niya.”
Not only that, he also outdid Red Warrior legend James Yap whose UAAP-best is 36 points also back in 2002.
For his part, Pasaol, humble as always, deflected all credit to his teammates. As he put it, “Wala rin akong masabi. Siguro, nilaro ko lang yung talagang best ko na hinihindi ni manong sa akin na maglaro ako ng sarili ko.”
He then continued, “Nag-stick lang talaga sa game plan namin. Salamat din sa mga teammates ko kasi hindi ko naman makukuha yung 49 points dahil sa mga teammates ko.”
Whatever it is, Pumaren said what the Red Warriors’ main man accomplished should be remembered. “First time ata that I’ve coached a local scoring 49 kasi dati, import lang ang nakaka-score. I was really praying that he gets 50, but we’ll take 49,” he said while chuckling.
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