Pasaol lifts UE to first win, leaves UST as only winless team
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 07, 2017 04:22 PM
FROM GOOD TO BETTER. While Alvin Pasaol did not come close to his milestone mark of 49 points the last time around, his power performance this time around led to a win.
With a 49-point outburst, Alvin Pasaol granted University of the East some sort of consolation in their most recent loss.
With an encore to his scoring spree, however, he has now given his team their first prize the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Continuing to utilize his hot hands to the fullest, Pasaol shot his Red Warriors over hapless University of Sto. Tomas, 96-91, on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
While his milestone mark still fell short against defending champion De La Salle University three days ago, his 32 points in this one proved to be more than enough for his team’s first win in seven games. “The boys really played hard. The effort we had against La Salle was here again and was awesome,” a beaming head coach Derrick Pumaren said.
Indeed, it wasn’t until the 23-year-old waxed hot in the second quarter that UE built up the separation they would keep until the final buzzer.
The two teams were going at it for the first 15 minutes before Pasaol scored 12 points, three triples and one three-point play, in the 18-2 surge that put his squad on top, 52-37.
Of course, the just as hungry Tigers kept coming and tied the tally several times. “We knew it was not going to be easy so we did not fold. We were able to handle the comeback of UST,” Pumaren said.
With their opponents nearing to only 91-92 with under a minute left, however, it was again the burly forward who made good on a putback for a more comfortable cushion.
Following another defensive stop, Philip Manalang’s free throws put the cherry on top of the cake that was the Red Warriors’ much-wanted, long-awaited win. “I am proud with the way my boys played,” their mentor expressed.
Pasaol also hauled in 10 rebounds on top of two assists and two steals in an all-around effort his mentor is only hoping to be the start.
Manalang stepped up with 20 points, seven assists, and two steals of his own while Mark Olayon and Jason Varilla chipped in 15 markers apiece.
Behind power performances from those four, UE has climbed form out of the cellar for the first time in the season.
The same cannot be said for UST which was shut out of the win column after the first round. This, despite the best efforts of Marvin Lee who had 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists and Steve Akomo who had a 19-point, 18-rebound double-double.
With the loss, they reset their worst start in the Final Four era.
UE 96 – Pasaol 32, Manalang 20, Olayon 15, Varilla 15, Bartolome 5, Acuno 4, Abanto 2, Conner 2, Maloles 1, Derige 0, Cullar 0
UST 91 – Lee 20, Akomo 19, Sta. Ana 13, Faundo 12, Caunan 10, De Guzman 4, Lorenzana 3, Soriano 2, Romero 2, Huang 2, Garcia 2, Escalambre 2, Macasaet 0, Kwawukumey 0
QUARTER SCORES: 27-20, 54-43, 75-71, 96-91
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