Thanks to his stunning scoring exploits for University of the East (UE), Alvin Pasaol has been named the UAAP’s Player of the Week.
Pasaol rewrote the UAAP’s record books last Wednesday when he fired 49 points on 20-of-30 shooting in a 100-106 loss to defending champion De La Salle University.
For Pasaol, who hit the scoring mark while playing on an injured ankle, he was simply doing what he was told to do by coach Derrick Pumaren.
“Nilaro ko lang ‘yung talagang best ko na hinihingi ni [coach Derrick Pumaren] sa akin,” Pasaol said. “Nag-stick lang talaga (ako) sa game plan namin. Salamat din sa mga teammates ko kasi hindi ko naman makukuha ‘yung 49 points kung [hindi dahil sa kanila].”
Pasaol, who hails from Davao, is the first Filipino to breach the 40-point mark since 2002, when Jeff Napa – now Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s coach – torched Adamson University for 43 points while playing for National University.
Pasaol, who beat Matt Nieto of Ateneo de Manila University, Jerrick Ahanmisi of Adamson University, and Ben Mbala of La Salle for the weekly plum, also furthered his legend in UE’s basketball lore after besting Allan Caidic and James Yap’s personal bests of 46 and 36 points.
“Alvin is different compared to (Jun) Limpot, Allan (Caidic) [na] nahawakan ko sa amateur. Alvin is like akala mo, hindi niya alam ‘yung play, parang hindi nakikinig pero once you start the play, he knows it,” Pumaren said of his ward.
“First time ata that I’ve coached a local that scored 49. Kasi dati import lang ang nakaka-score [ng ganoon ka taas] pero ngayon, he really gave us a show,” he continued.
Pasaol rode on the momentum of the Wednesday’s close affair with the Green Archers and registered 32 points on Sunday to lead UE past UST, leaving the Growling Tigers as the only winless team after the UAAP’s first-round hostilities.
The stocky forward is currently norming 22.4 points a game. He is also averaging 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per outing.