ALVIN Pasaol has revived University of the East's quest for a UAAP Final Four spot.
He has been rewarded in return.
Bothered by cramps, Pasaol still hit clutch baskets and finished with 32 points to lead the Red Warriors past University of the Philippines (UP), 73-64, on Sunday - enough to get the nod as the UAAP Press Corps-Chooks To Go Player of the Week.
The citation was the second this season for Pasaol, who earned the award following a historic 49-point performance in a 100-106 lost to defending champion De La Salle and a 32-point effort in UE’s first win of the season - a 96-91 conquest over University of Santo Tomas - two weeks ago.
With Pasaol leading the way, UE has won three of its last four games for a 3-7 (win-loss) card - just a game behind join fifth-placers University of the Philippines and National University.
The UE star is also the second-leading scorer in the league, averaging 22.2 points per game to go with 7.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and as many as steals.
He beat out Santi Santillan of De La Salle and Matt Nieto of Ateneo for the weekly plum given by the league's beat writers from broadsheets, tabloids, and online publications.
For UE coach Derrick Pumaren, there is no doubt Pasaol is a very special player.
“Alvin, his game, has been ready. If he wants to score, he can score. Very deceiving,” the UE tactician said. “Medyo yung katawan, akala natin hindi kaya ng katawan pero you’ll be surprised. He is willing to sacrifice his body. Alvin is a very special player so far na na-handle ko.”