Looks like UE has much more than just 49-point man Pasaol

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 14, 2017 07:32 PM
Looks like UE has much more than just 49-point man Pasaol
IT'S A TEAM GAME. Alvin Pasaol didn't come close to his 40.5-point average in the last two games.

Alvin Pasaol grabbed all the headlines when he dropped 49 points in University of the East’s loss to De La Salle University more than a week ago.

Three days later, he followed that up with a 32-point outburst to lead his Red Warriors to their very first win in the season at the expense of University of Sto. Tomas.

After three quarters on Saturday, however, it looked like the 23-year-old wasn’t going to come close to his highs in the past pair of games as he only had 11 points to his name with his team on top of National University.

Indeed, he wasn’t going to as Derrick Pumaren kept him out of the game for all of the final frame. “He had four fouls so I felt there’s no need for us to use Alvin. I had confidence that the other guys will step up,” the head coach said.

UE’s other guys did nothing but step up with guys like Nick Abanto, Mark Maloles, and Mark Olayon taking care of business.

With the Bulldogs closing in to 65-70 inside the last seven minutes, those three, along with JC Cullar, got together for the 9-2 counter that re-established a 79-67 advantage in their favor.

Nothing but appreciative, Pumaren said of their other guys. “They gave Alvin much-needed rest. They were able to deliver and hold the fort for the team,” he said.

In the end, Olayon wound up with an all-around 17 points, eight assists, and six rebounds while Maloles and Abanto chipped in 13 markers each of their own.

That more than made up for the fact that Pasaol only played 19 minutes and only had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

For their part, Abanto said they were just doing their job. “Masaya kami kasi kahit foul trouble yung iba, ginawa lang namin yung pinapagawa ni coach,” he expressed.


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