Another day, another Alvin Pasaol scoring outburst.
But it came in another UE loss, too.
De La Salle booked its second win in three games in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament by edging the Red Warriors, but they had to weather Pasaol’s attack in the fourth quarter before doing so.
The victors did an admirable job defending the forward for most of the match, holding him to just five points in the first three quarters. They even managed to silence him in the third, where Pasaol went scoreless.
He finally woke up in the payoff period, though, where he scored 17 of the Red Warriors’ 27-point output during that stretch.
“Well, he was rested eh kasi he got two early fouls, he was saddled with foul trouble. So noong dulo, pahingadong-pahingado siya kaya gumawa siya. I told Alvin that hindi pwedeng ganoon ang nilalaro niya, or hindi pwedeng he picks up useless fouls, especially a technical foul. Hindi naman kailangan ‘yun eh,” UE coach Joe Silva said after the game.
Coach Louie Gonzales heaped praises on Pasaol and said that it was exactly the kind of play that he expected from stars like him.
“Ganun talaga ang mga attitude ng star players. Akala natin off na siya for the whole night, na this game will be his lowest output, pero at the end of the game he still scored 22. Ayun talaga ang mentality ng star players eh. He will do his best para matulungan ‘yung team nila,” Gonzales said.
“I checked the stats, hanggang third quarter we only limited Alvin [Pasaol] to five points. Tapos andun pa rin ako sa scoring average on defense na kinukuha ko. Pero ‘di namin natapos ng maganda. Nag-let up pa rin ‘yung bata,” he added.
UE will look to put this loss behind them as they move on to Wednesday’s matchup against against the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
Trying to steal a game against the defending champions is an unenviable task, but they’re not sweating it. They have the whole season ahead of them to keep trying, anyway.
“Well, we really wanted to go for the win kanina. It’s just that siguro, hindi pinagpala. Mahaba pa naman ang tournament, all those teams that we feel we have a chance to win, we’ll try to go for the win. Rest assured, we’ll give it our best every game,” Silva said.