At around the six minute mark of the third quarter in their game against Adamson, UE Red Warriors star Alvin Pasaol found the ball fortunately bounce his way after a scramble before he calmly pulled up for a corner three over the outstretched arms of an Adamson defender.
After the basket, the stocky 6’3 forward casually jogged back on defense, knowing that he’s made similarly (or even more) difficult shots throughout his career. But this basket was different from most of the others that he made. The basket assured Pasaol of becoming the highest-scoring local in the UAAP since they started recording computerized stats in 2003. Yes, even with one more game left to play in UE’s season.
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Even if Pasaol is held scoreless by NU in UE’s last game, he will still end up averaging 22.9 points per game. The previous record was Terrence Romeo’s 22.2 points per game during his MVP year in Season 76.
“Na-surprise din ako na malalampasan ko si Terrence pero credit din sa teammates ko na sobrang tiwala nila sa akin na kaya kong umiskor (at sa) both ends na gagawin ko (ang lahat) sa depensa, opensa,” said Pasaol.
In a way, the manner in which Pasaol sealed the record was very much representative of his career with the Red Warriors, particularly these past two seasons. A contested three-pointer that saved an almost-doomed UE possession that looked easier than it actually was is a great symbolism of how Pasaol has managed to produce insane numbers, and that has been the lone bright spot these past couple of seasons for a hapless Red Warriors program that is set to miss the Final Four for the ninth straight year.
Despite being “too short” or “too predictable” to succeed, Alvin Pasaol has always found ways to, well, succeed. His success has been built on exceeding expectations, even as his team continually failed to rise with him. Pasaol’s individual brilliance has been so captivating that no one is labeling him as a “good stats on a bad team” kind of guy, but rather an excellent player stuck on a sub-par team.
And this is why some pundits feel like it is time for Pasaol to take his act to the next level.
Asked to confirm the rumors, Pasaol responded, “Basta wala pa. secret lang muna. Masu-surprise lang kayo. Secret na muna. Basta malalaman niyo na yun kung magpapa-draft ako o hindi.”
As the rumblings about the possibility of Pasaol applying for this year’s PBA draft grow louder by the day, it seems only right that, even in the midst of another lost UE season, the pride of Davao will exit at the top of the UAAP’s record books.