UAAP: Whether or not it's his last game, Alvin Pasaol left it all on the floor for UE

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 18, 2018 07:30 PM
UAAP: Alvin Pasaol left it all on the floor for UE
Have we seen the last of Alvin Pasaol in red and white?

Alvin Pasaol’s third season for University of the East wound up in another loss – in fact, it was their 13th out of 14 games in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Still, Pasaol was all smiles while reporters were speaking with him after they fell to National University on Sunday at the MOA Arena. “Walang pagsisisi kung ito last game ko. Lumaban naman kami,” he said.

For weeks, there has been talk that the Red Warriors’ scoring machine was foregoing of his fourth and final playing year.

Indeed, after the final buzzer sounded, it very much looked like he had played his last game in red and white – with tears running down his eyes as he hugged his teammates.

After they closed their campaign, yet again out of the Final Four, however, Pasaol himself reiterated that he remains uncertain about his next move. “Baka pag-iisipan ko pa yung (PBA) Draft. December 3 pa (deadline of application) so may one week pa ako para mag-isip,” he said.

After all, he still has a meeting scheduled with UE’s team management and coaching staff. “Mag-uusap pa kami ng may-ari pati coaches next week,” he said.

Whatever happens then, the burly forward said he had fun throughout the season – even if at the end of it all, they were holding a 1-13 record. “Sobrang parang roller-coaster yung nangyari sa amin. ‘Di namin in-expect na ganito mangyayari sa amin, pero sobrang happy ako kasama teammates ko,” he said.

And while he remains uncertain about his next move, one thing’s for sure – Pasaol will never be forgotten in Recto. “Iiwan ko ang UE na lumalaban kahit talo. Nandun pa rin ang puso at lumalaban kaming lahat,” he said.

He then continued, “Baka last year ko na ‘to so nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila.”

If this is, indeed, his last season, he will have gone out with a bang by averaging 24.4 points – the highest scoring for a single player in a single season since 2003.

That is more than two points better than the 22.2 points Terrence Romeo normed five years ago.

And as if that’s not enough, he will also always have that 49-point game.

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