UE still hopeful for Final Four because of Player of the Week Pasaol
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 23, 2017 01:55 PM
BIG STAR. Alvin Pasaol has been a bright beacon of hope for UE.
Alvin Pasaol has emerged as the heart and soul of University of the East.
No wonder then that the Red Warriors are slowly peaking in their quest to reach the Final Four in this UAAP Season 80 Men's Basketball Tournament.
Limping with cramps down the stretch, Pasaol never gave up and continued to play his heart out as he hit clutch baskets and finished with 32 points to carry the Red Warriors past University of the Philippines, 73-64, last Sunday that made him earn this week's UAAP Press Corps Chooks-to-Go Player of the Week award.
It’s his second time to earn the plum after he made a historic 49-point performance despite a sorry 100-106 lost to defending champion De La Salle and delivered 32 markers in UE’s first win of the season — a 96-91 conquest over University of Sto. Tomas two weeks ago.
The sophomore sensation was the main man in UE’s surge, winning three of its last four games for an improved 3-7 win-loss record. They are now just a game behind joint-fifth placers UP and National University who have identical 4-6 slates.
But the second-leading scorer in the league, who is averaging 22.2 points per game including 7.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and as many steals, did not take away credit from the system of head Coach derrick Pumaren as well as the effort of his teammates.
“Siguro nag-stick lang kami sa game plan namin para manalo kami ngayon. Maganda rin pinakita ng mga teammates ko, the way sila mag-depensa,” said the 6-foot-3 forward, who stood out among candidates Santi Santillan of De La Salle University and Matt Nieto of Ateneo de Manila University for the weekly plum.
For Pumaren, Pasaol is a very special player especially compared to the several cagers he handled in his seasoned coaching career.
“Alvin, his game has been ready. If he wants to score he can score. Very deceiving,” the UE tactician said. “Medyo yung katawan. Akala natin hindi kaya ng katawan pero you’ll be surprised. He is willing to sacrifice his body. Alvin is a very special player so far na na-handle ko.”
Pasaol and the Red Warriors are bracing for a tough matchup against the Green Archers this Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
And the rising star vowed one thing.
“Kailangan siguro mas dikdikan pa ulit kasi La Salle eh. Kailangan talaga lumaban,” he said