FORTY four is the magic number for Alvin Pasaol to own the highest scoring average in modern UAAP.
The University of the East main man inched closer to writing himself in the league's history books with his 24-point outing in the Red Warriors' 85-72 defeat to Adamson on Saturday.
He has 321 total points through 13 games, averaging 24.7 points in UAAP Season 81, on track to eclipse the 22.2-point average set by FEU's Terrence Romeo in Season 76.
The do-it-all forward admitted surprise with the achievement.
"Na-surprise din ako na malalampasan ko si Terrence, pero credit ko rin sa teammates ko na sobrang tiwala nila sa akin na kaya kong umiskor at kaya ko on both ends sa opensa at depensa," he said.
Pasaol's next hurdle is Ben Mbala's 26.0 point average in the eliminations of Season 80 -- a doable feat in UE's final game against NU next Sunday.
More than the scoring record, though, the 23-year-old is more focused on making a lasting memory as he eyes to finish the campaign strong.
"Nothing to lose kami. Out of the picture na kami pero sabi ko nga, laban pa rin. Kung kaya natin mag-steal ng panalo, gagawin natin," said Pasaol. "Sobrang kumpyansa namin kasi kahit eliminated na kami, sa isip namin kaya pa rin namin i-push yung sarili namin na manalo pa rin at maging memorable yung last game."
At 1-12, UE will finish the year dead-last in the standings. But it doesn't mean that it will have to bow out on a somber note, especially with Pasaol once again hinting at his future plans of entering this year's PBA Draft.
"Kailangan masaya lang kami na naglalaro dahil baka siguro next year, di na kami magkakasama. Yun naman ang importante sa akin, na nae-enjoy namin ang samahan namin as a family," he said.