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Meralco Bolts' Norman Black feels lucky to get Alvin Pasaol

For Meralco Bolts head coach Norman Black, being able to draft forward Alvin Pasaol was a fulfillment of the team's desire to shore up bench scoring.

Meralco, which faced problems on offense at times in the previous season, will now be able to field in a bona fide scorer in the former University of the East standout.

"We thought that he might go into the top eight. But we were hoping that somebody might pick a surprise pick and he might drop to number nine, we were hoping guys like [Ben] Adamos or [Larry] Muyang or somebody of that caliber would drop down," recalled Black in an interview with ESPN5.com.

"James Laput was picked at the number eight slot by Terrafirma. So, it opened for us to get Alvin. We actually brought Alvin to practice. He worked out for us. So we were really hoping that he would drop one slot to the number nine slot. We were quite happy with our draft pick," he added.

Black cited Pasaol's knack for scoring, which he said was something rare for somebody in the UAAP. He likened Pasaol to UE legends such as Allan Caidic and James Yap, Adamson's Kenneth Duremdes, and FEU's Terrence Romeo as players that could put up at least 20 points per game.

Pasaol did exactly that in his final two seasons with the Red Warriors, putting up an average of 22.5 points.

Aside from Pasaol, he will also be able to form a formidable frontcourt with new pieces Mac Belo, and Noy Baclao, something that had also been lacking for the Bolts in the past.

The scorer, mentioned Black, needs to improve on his defense as well, and be able to pass the ball when the defense focuses on him.

"He brings things to the table that you just don't see everyday. The ability to give him the basketball and get out of the way and he has the ability to score. That doesn't happen everyday with players," said Black.

"So the one thing that we really wanted to pick up on was scoring in this offseason. And that was the reason why we got Mac Belo. We thought he would give us a little bit more scoring in the frontcourt but at the same time we still wanted to replace the scoring of Baser Amer. That's why we were actually looking for a guard or a scorer in the draft," mentioned Black.

"A lot of people said that we should have been looking for a big guy, but our focus was really somebody who could score the basketball and we were hoping that Alvin could drop to us because he's probably the best scorer in this draft," furthered the coaching veteran.

Meanwhile, Pasaol is just thankful that he will be able to have a chance to flourish under one of the league's best mentors.

"I thank the Lord and Meralco for drafting me. I am so happy that I went to a Meralco team that is one of the best in the PBA. I am so grateful that I will be playing for a champion coach like coach Norman Black," Pasaol said in a message.