The Adamson University Soaring Falcons are on the verge of making school history after Saturday afternoon. After notching their 10th win of the season with one game left, they can top their most wins in the Final Four era by winning their final outing.
But on the other side of the court, one Red Warrior made history of his own.
With 5:56 left in the third canto of the game, Alvin Pasaol knocked down a triple for his 18th point of the game. That bucket ensured that he will top Terrence Romeo’s 22.2 points per game average back in Season 76 to become the league’s highest scoring local since 2003.
After facing off against Pasaol for the last three years, third-year Soaring Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren could not help but be impressed by the scoring prowess of the burly 6-foot-3 forward.
For the former PBA head coach, Pasaol should put his name in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, as he is a sure-shot first round pick in his eyes.
“He’s a different player, very special player. Best bet for him is to turn pro. He’s a hot commodity,” said the five-time UAAP Men’s Basketball Champion coach.
“I think he will be in the first round if he declares himself for the draft.”
Getting drafted is one thing. For Pasaol to flourish in the big league, the former Air 21 and Globalport head coach believes that he should drop down in weight.
“If you can just imagine, he is not probably what you call a fitness buff. He still has a little baby fat,” Pumaren remarked about the 230-plus pound student-cager.
“If he puts his mind and get a good conditioning trainer, he’ll be a player to watch even in the PBA.”