49-point man Pasaol held to single-digit scoring for first time in season

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 28, 2017 07:31 PM
Pasaol held to single-digit scoring for first time in season
SHUT DOWN. Alvin Pasaol failed to breach the double-digit marker in scoring for the first time in the season.

Alvin Pasaol had been averaging 22 points for University and famously dropped a milestone mark 49 points on De La Salle University.

On Saturday, however, he only had eight points in 2-of-11 shooting from the field.

That was his lowest output in the season. Asked about it post-game, the King Warrior said, “Siguro ganun lang talaga, may off day lang talaga. Siguro, ito yung araw na yun para sa akin.”

Of course, Pasaol gave all the credit to the defense of Ateneo de Manila University. “Siguro, nadepensahan nila talaga ako kaya na-stop nila ako. Yung defense nila, laging nasa akin,” he said.

He then continued, “’Di nila ako nilulubayan.”

Still, ever since he exploded for 49, the game plans of opposing coaches have been all about him.

In fact, even defending champion De La Salle University put its “best defender” in Ben Mbala on UE’s main man.

Even then, he still had 23 points in 42 percent shooting to go along with nine rebounds – above his averages of 22 points in 42.9 percent shooting to go along with 7.1 rebounds.

And so, it has just been the Blue Eagles who have held him to single digits in the season.

Asked about it, he answered, “Siguro, mas-nagstick talaga sila (sa game plan nila). Siguro, iba kasi talaga yung depensa ng Ateneo kaysa nung Mbala nung last.”

For Ateneo, it was yet another showing of the discipline that is turning into their trademark. “When Alvin’s playing three, he’s a handful. We’re glad we did a good job defensively on him,” coach Tab Baldwin said.

He then continued, “Thirdy (Ravena) was able to stand his ground. Jawuan (White), Vince (Tolentino), and Raffy (Verano) were all able to get a chance to defend him as well.”

Is throwing many more than capable bodies on him the solution to Pasaol?

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