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Alvin Pasaol assured of scoring title, can still beat Ben Mbala's record

Alvin Pasaol inched closer to breaking the highest scoring record in the UAAP in 15 years or since Imperium Technology handled the league's statistics.

UE's main gunner currently tops the scoring department with an average of 24.7 points over 13 games in the elimination round.

If Pasaol can deliver at least 44 points in the Red Warriors' final game against NU next Sunday, he will finish Season 81 with an average of 26.1 points per outing. This will allow him to surpass the previous record set by two-time MVP Ben Mbala, who normed 26.0 points per outing for La Salle last season.

In the unlikely event that Pasaol goes scoreless next game, he will still exceed Terrence Romeo's 22-point average back in Season 76, the second-highest scoring mark next to Mbala's.

"I was surprised that I surpassed Terrence's record," said Pasaol after UE's 75-82 loss to Adamson Saturday. "I give credit to my teammates because they trust me that I can score and that I can contribute on both ends."

Against the Falcons, the 6-foot-3 Pasaol tallied 24 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals in 27 minutes of play. On top of etching his name in league history with his scoring outbursts, he's also on pace to receiving his second straight Mythical Five selection due to his all-around game.

"For me, the Mythical (Five) is not a big deal," he said. "I just want to see my teammates happy. I'm also happy that they're sharing the ball with me."

The sweet-shooting forward does not care if the Red Warriors are already out of contention with a 1-12 slate. He will continue to lead his team in the hopes that they can end their campaign on a positive note.

"We have nothing to lose. If we can steal a win, we'll do it," said Pasaol heading into their closing battle with the also-ran Bulldogs. "We're still confident even if we're already eliminated. We'll push ourselves to win so that our last game will be memorable."

Pasaol, who's still deciding if he will make a jump to the pros after this season, vows to maximize his remaining playing time with UE.

"We're out of the (Final Four) picture but we're just happy that we're together," he said. "Maybe next year, we won't be together anymore but at least we enjoyed each other's company as a family."