ALVIN Pasaol proved that he’s more than just a one-game sensation with a fitting follow-up to his huge game against La Salle with another solid performance against University of Sto. Tomas, and this time University of the East wound up with a win.
Three days after scoring 49 against the Archers, Pasaol delivered 32 points as he towed the Warriors to victory over the hapless Growling Tigers.
It was the Warriors’ first victory after six losses while the Tigers remained winless in seven tries.
Derrick Pumaren feels Pasaol is finally getting comfortable in the role that he has always envisioned his prized recruit to be.
“Pasaol has settled down this season. I’ve been saying that he’s gonna be the man this season,” said Pumaren.
“I expected him to really have a good game today because of the confidence that he got against La Salle. He’s gonna make a back-to-back awesome games. We were expecting UST to hound him and deny him but he was just always there,” he added.
Despite averaging 40.5 points and 10 boards in the past two games, Pasaol was still reluctant to call himself as the main reason why the Red Warriors have been playing better the past couple of games.
The soft-spoken recruit out of Davao was quick to deflect credit to his teammates.
“Sa pag-ganda ng laro, sa mga teammates ko yun kasi sobrang laki ng tiwala sa akin. Sinasabi nila na ‘go-to-guy’ talaga, di naman siguro ganun. Lahat naman kami nagccontribute,” said Pasaol.
“Bawal kasi kay Manong (Derrick) na ano e, isa lang yung gagawa. Kailangan whole kami talaga. Di kami mananalo kung ako lang mag-isa. Nanalo kami kasi nagtutulungan kami,” he added.
Three other players reached double-digits with Phillip Manalang finishing with 20 points and seven assists while Mark Olayon and Jason Varilla added 15 markers apiece.
The key now for the Red Warriors is finding consistency and Pumaren hopes that this game would be the start of that resurgence.
“The team knows that Alvin will be Alvin but he needs the support and that’s what we got in tonight’s game,” Pumaren continued.
“There are four guys in double figures because the other team will try to stop him so we’ve got to make the other teams worry about the other players too. Nagkatulungan, nagkasuporta. When Alvin starts scoring, we look for him all the time until the other team stops him.”