UNIVERSITY of the East coach Derrick Pumaren had high hopes for Alvin Pasaol entering the season.
Too bad the kid has yet to live up to expectations.
“Pasaol has not played his game,” lamented the veteran Pumaren after the Warriors started the UAAP Season 79 men's basketball tournament with three successive losses.
The 6-foot-3 rookie from Davao was impressive during the preseason campaign, leading Pumaren to tag him as a potential star in the Red Warriors' lineup.
The Warriors coach has yet to find the Pasaol he longed to see.
“It’s a different Pasaol I’m seeing right now," added Pumaren, unable to hide his disappointment. "Hopefully, he will recover his bearings.”
Pasaol has averaged 7.7 points in three games, his scoring on the decline since scoring 10 in UE’s season debut against National University. He has only shot 21 percent from the field including a 1-of-13 from three-point range.
“He is not playing his game. You know him and I know him. He is a lot better that what he is showing right now. He is a better shooter than that. Hopefully, the three point shots and his free throws, he has been missing, I hope he makes it.”
Pumaren feels Pasaol is still trying to find his feet in the UAAP after the recruit out of Davao first suited up for the Red Warriors in Team B.
He hopes the 'real' Pasaol will soon emerge.
“Medyo period of adjustment siya. That is why we are struggling. Guys that I’m expecting to be there for us, hindi pa nag-dedeliver. And Pasaol is one of them,” said Pumaren.