GREATEST PERFORMANCES: Alvin Pasaol's 49-point masterpiece

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 09, 2020 04:13 PM
GREATEST PERFORMANCES: Alvin Pasaol's 49-point masterpiece
Alvin Pasaol left two-time MVP and one-time champion Ben Mbala impressed after his scoring outburst

For 99.9 percent of the time, the Collegiate Press Corps' Player of the Week comes from a team with a win or a winning record.

And so, the 0.1 percent chance of that not being the case has to be something so special.

Alvin Pasaol's 49 points on October 9, 2017 was just that.

First and foremost, let's just get it out of the way - Pasaol and University of the East bowed to De La Salle University, 100-106.

Still, it was the burly forward who was the talk of the town as he became the first Filipino to breach the 40-point marker in over a decade.

Make no mistake, he scored all of his points efficiently - going 20-for-30 from the field.

He was so impressive, despite the loss, that Green Archer and eventual back-to-back Season MVP Ben Mbala could do nothing but sing his praises.

Asked about an instance that had him tapping Pasaol on the head, Mbala answered, "I told him to keep working. He did a good job and when a guy plays well, you have to acknowledge him."

He then continued, "It's a game of basketball after all . We have to enjoy and I have to congratulate him for his career-high."

That game looked like it was going to be unremarkable in the earlygoing as "Big Ben" joined forces with Abu Tratter to power La Salle to a double-digit lead.

After three quarters, it was actually all but over.

Then with seven minutes remaining, UE's scoring machine got his 40th and 41st points - meaning he was two points away from tying the most points scored by a single player in a single game since 2003.

He matched that milestone with an inside basket at the 4:13 mark of the final frame.

Two minutes later, Pasaol made good on a triple to set the new scoring mark in the new era.

Not long after, he added three more to his total.

While it was the Alvin Pasaol show, after the game, the Davao native himself, humble as always, actually deflected all credit to his teammates. "Nag-stick lang naman ako sa game plan namin. Salamat din sa mga teammates ko kasi hindi ko naman makukuha yung 49 points dahil sa mga teammates ko."

Whatever it is, then-head coach Derrick Pumaren said that what the Red Warriors’ main man did was something so special. “First time ata that I’ve coached a local scoring 49 kasi dati, import lang ang nakaka-score. I was really praying that he gets 50, but we’ll take 49,” he said while chuckling.

The Collegiate Press Corps agreed.

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