UNIVERSITY of the East came up with a rare fine performance in UAAP basketball — in 3x3 — with Alvin Pasaol, Philip Manalang, Jason Varilla and Mark Maloles making their mark in the league’s newest event.
The Warriors wound up second to Far Eastern University in the first-ever staging of UAAP 3x3, pretty good for a team in a transition period.
Yet to tap a coach to replace Derrick Pumaren, the Warriors played under UE athletics assistant Melvin Reyes, who is also assistant coach of UE women’s basketball, conditioning coach of the women’s volleyball team and interim head coach of the men’s team.
Alvin Pasaol said he would like to suit up in 3x3 again and is hoping it will become a regular UAAP event.
“Sobrang gusto ko. Dati ito ‘yung linalaro ko nung bata ako. Dito ako natuto mag-shoot at dumepensa. Nakakapagod talaga dahil maraming games,” said Pasaol.
“Sobrang willing talaga ako maglaro uli.”
Pasol highlighted his stint with a 17-point production in the semifinals, outscoring the entire National University squad in a 19-16 Warriors win.
He said UE was simply undersized for a team like FEU.
“Okay lang naman kasi marami kaming pinagdaanaan. Dehado talaga kami. Malalaki ‘yung guards nila. Si Varilla lang ‘yung malaki namin. Nahirapan kami,” said Pasaol, who scored 49 points in last year’s 5-on-5 wars in the UAAP.
“Kailangan namin i-prove na kahit maliliit kami, kaya namin mag-dominate kahit saan. Siguro binigay ni God ‘yung strength sa akin,” said Pasaol.