Wendell Comboy stole Alvin Pasaol's thunder
The inaugural UAAP 3x3 became the Alvin Pasaol show, but ended up as the Wendell Comboy show
All eyes were on Alvin Pasaol as he willed University of the East into the Finals of the inaugural UAAP 3x3 Men's Tournament.
And why wouldn't they as the King Warrior literally single-handedly shot his team there, outscoring National University in the semifinals by his lonesome, 17-16.
In the Finals, however, try as he might, Pasaol just couldn't will UE through Far Eastern University.
That's because for every shot he made, Wendell Comboy was right there to answer.
The Tamaraws raced to a 12-6 start in the championship game before the burly forward who famously scored 49 points in one UAAP game last season pulled the Red Warriors to within four.
Comboy's stepback jumper from deep was the quick counter for FEU, however, and it put out the fire before it could even get hot.
Pasaol then again inched his team to 13-16 only to see the incoming fourth-year guard drop back-to-back long-range missiles for the response.
Not long after, the Tamaraws became the first champions of the UAAP 3x3 Men's division - and with 2:06 still to spare at that.
For the sharpshooter who made it happen, the championship was extra special because he didn't even think he was going to be playing. "Sobrang nag-enjoy po ako. Actually, 'di ko nga in-expect na ako ang pipiliin ni coach kaya talagang thankful pa rin ako para makalaro," he shared.
Now, not only did he play, but also led his team into making history. "Sobrang nakaka-overwhelm. Siyempre, (season) host ang FEU kaya sabi ni (athletic director) Mark [Molina] na dapat kami ang champion," he said.
He then continued, "Nagkakonting pressure, pero sobrang nag-enjoy rin naman kami."
Really, Comboy's outburst in the Finals shouldn't have come as a surprise as he was already doing things like this to De La Salle University, one of the favorites entering the tournament, in the semis:
Also, things like this:
However, the Tamaraw guard said this is only part of the buildup in their preparations to better their fourth-place finish in the UAAP Men's Basketball Tournament a season ago. "Ang mindset kasi namin, sobrang 'di pwedeng maulit yung ganun. As early as now, nagpe-prepare na talaga kami," he said.
He then continued, "Kahit anong event man yan as long as basketball, talagang binibigay namin ang best namin."
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