SHOWING he has fully recovered from a right calf muscle that sidelined him late last season, Vic Manuel has made his mark on both ends of the floor to help Alaska win two games the past week.
The undersized Manuel tallied a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with two blocks and a steal in the Aces' 81-79 come-from-behind win over the Meralco Bolts last Wednesday.
The “Muscle Man” provided the spark off the bench on Sunday, contributing 10 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block as Alaska steamrolled past Barangay Ginebra, 102-86.
The ninth overall pick in the 2012 PBA Rookie Draft went on to average 16 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and the same number of blocks to capture the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of Dec. 12-18.
He beat out a solid group of candidates led by three-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo and playmaker Alex Cabagnot, both of San Miguel, Star’s Paul Lee, TNT big man Kelly Williams and Blackwater sophomore forward Art Dela Cruz.
Overall, Alaska has won its last three outings since opening the brand new season with back-to-back losses to NLEX and San Miguel Beer - not bad for a team without big men Sonny Thoss and Noy Baclao.
The Aces will be shooting for their fourth straight win when they collide with TNT Katropa on Friday at the Philsports Arena.