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Manong Derrick proud of Pasaol's scoring feat despite loss to La Salle

Alvin Pasaol did not expect to fire 49 against the champions.
By Kevin Estrada

QUEZON CITY -- Manong Derrick Pumaren could have not been prouder of what Alvin Pasaol did, minutes after the burly UE forward broke a fifteen-year record in single game scoring, despite losing to La Salle Wednesday evening at the Big Dome. 

Both of them did not show any sadness when they lost their sixth straight game, as the veteran mentor was proud of the Davao City cager of his epic performance.

"My hats off to Alvin [Pasaol]. It's my first time to coach a local that scored 49. He really gave us a show tonight," Pumaren said in a rare post-game interview that involved a losing side.

Pasaol had echoed his coach's thoughts and he credits to the total team effort for making it happen.

"Nag-stick lang kami sa gameplan ni Manong [Derrick]. Salamat sa mga teammates ko, kasi kung di ko makuha ang 49 points ko kung hindi sa kanila," Pasaol quipped, playing the game of his life even with a bad ankle since the opening quarter.

With a huge fighting heart in display in the fourth-quarter when they outscored the Green Archers by eleven, Pumaren hopes that the late uprising will be their launching pad in their tussle against fellow bottom team UST on Saturday.

"We need something coming into the game on Saturday. Because UST is also playing well. I think they're stronger than the record suggest.," Pumaren added, but not before telling the press that they need it coming into the 'Finals' that draw laughs across the press room.

"Hopefully we can translate that effort and the sacrifice that we've been doing into a W on Saturday," he concluded.

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