Pasaol says he should have eaten one more cup of rice
Could one cup of rice have been the difference between a title and a runner-up finish for UE?
Alvin Pasaol single-handedly carried University of the East past National University in the semifinals of the inaugural UAAP 3x3 Men's Tournament.
The King Red Warrior scored 17 points in his team's 19-16 conquest of the Bulldogs to win the right to go into the Finals.
Yes, by his lonesome, he defeated NU, 17-16.
All throughout that game, the Bulldogs just had no answer for the burly forward who famously scored 49 points in one UAAP game last season.
I mean, how do you even stop this?
How about this one?
Answer? There's no way.
Interviewed by event host Andrei Felix after that performance, Pasaol said he was fueled by Mang Inasal chicken and one cup of rice.
Come the Finals, though, it seemed as if his fuel had ran out.
The incoming third-year player did his best to will UE up against Far Eastern University, but was, time and again, turned back by Wendell Comboy.
In the end, Comboy shot the Tamaraws to the first-ever UAAP 3x3 championship by a score of 21-13 - and still with 2:06 to spare at that.
Reflecting on what could have been afterward, Pasaol said he probably should have had one more cup of rice. "Siguro, kinulang nga ng kain, one rice lang kasi e," he said through chuckles.
Still, he said he was nothing but proud of their effort, especially because nobody even tagged the Red Warriors as contenders. As he put it, "Undersized kami tapos nag-training kami, siguro isang araw lang. Ako, nagfo-focus ako sa D-League kaya 'di ko sila nakakasama."
He then continued, "Pero good performance for my boys. Malaking tulong yun pagdating ng upcoming UAAP."
And personally, the 23-year-old said he was only glad to have put on a show for the sizable crowd who watched the event on Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. "Napakita ko naman yung skills ko and at least, napasaya ko yung mga tao. Yun lang naman yung gusto ko," he remarked.
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