UE's 49-point man Alvin Pasaol is undisputed Player of the Week
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 09, 2017 01:12 PM
BIG GAME ALVIN.
University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol almost scored 50 points over defending champions De La Salle University last Wednesday.
And he did that with a hurt ankle.
Rewriting a 15-year-old UAAP record for local cagers, Pasaol is hands down the Chooks-to-Go UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week.
But even with the spotlight beaming brightly over him, the 21-year-old cager said he was simply giving what his mentor and team asked of him.
“Nilaro ko lang 'yung talagang best ko na hinihingi ni manong sa akin. Nag-stick lang talaga (ako) sa game plan namin. Salamat din sa mga teammates ko kasi hindi ko naman makukuha 'yung 49 points kung [hindi dahil sa kanila],” he said after registering 49 points on a 20-for-30 shooting clip in a 100-106 stand against the powerhouse Green Archers.
The Davao native is the first Filipino to breach the 40 points in a game in over a decade. Jeff Napa, who is now Colegio de San Juan de Letran's head coach, once scored 43 on August 22, 2002.
Pasaol, who beat Matt Nieto of Ateneo de Manila University, Jerrick Ahanmisi of Adamson University, and Ben Mbala of DLSU for the weekly plum, also furthered his legend in UE's basketball lore after besting Allan Caidic and James Yap’s personal bests of 46 and 36 points, respectively.
"Alvin is different compared to (Jun) Limpot, Allan (Caidic) [na] nahawakan ko sa amateur. Alvin is like akala mo, hindi nya alam yung play, parang hindi nakikinig pero once you start the play, he knows it,” head coach Derrick Pumaren said of his prized ward.
Pasaol would then ride on the momentum of his milestone mark by scoring 32 points just last Sunday to will the UE past University Sto. Tomas, leaving the Growling Tigers the only winless team after the UAAP’s first round hostilities.
The stocky forward is currently norming 22.4 points a game. He’s also averaging 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per outing.