MANILA, Philippines – He is now known as Colegio de San Juan de Letran's head coach, but did you know that Jeff Napa used to be quite the gunner during his UAAP years?
Napa starred for the National University Bulldogs in the early 2000s. A big shooting guard, Napa set a UAAP record on August 22, 2002, when he knocked down 10 out of 13 three-pointers en route to a 43-point performance.
The Bulldogs needed every one of Napa's points to defeat Adamson University, 98-92, for what was the first of two wins in Season 65.
Napa's scoring record stood for 15 years, until Alvin Pasaol came along on Wednesday evening and torched De La Salle University for 49 points.
Pasaol, University of the East's burly forward, could not match Napa's effort from beyond the arc, but he did make 20 of his 30 field goal attempts and had eight rebounds and four steals. Unfortunately, he was unable to lead the Red Warriors to victory, as they bowed to Ben Mbala and the De La Salle Green Archers, 106-100.
"I'm happy for him," Napa said of Pasaol. "Pero sana, nanalo."
Pasaol broke several records on Wednesday night. Not only was it the highest scoring performance in the UAAP since 2002, but it was also the highest scoring performance by a UE player since James Yap – yes, that James Yap – scored 36 points, also in 2002.
Napa is hopeful that Pasaol's scoring explosion will just be one highlight in a career full of them.
"Great motivation 'yan para sa kanya, para lalo siya mag-pursige sa kanyang career at matulungan niya 'yung team niya," Napa said.
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