VIC Manuel shared his frustrations over his inability to go full force for Alaska in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals.
"Sobrang nadi-disappoint ako kasi di ako makatulong dahil hindi ako 100 percent," the bruising forward said on Friday after the Aces' 77-71 Game Two defeat to Magnolia to fall behind 0-2 in the best-of-seven championship series.
Since Game One, Manuel has been dealing with an ITB injury in one knee that has limited much of his movements and made it even more difficult for him to defend guys as big as Hotshots' import Romeo Travis, as well as Ian Sangalang and Rafi Reavis.
"Nagta-tight talaga siya eh. Ramdam ko talaga kanina. Napagod ako, nag-tight na naman yun kaya nagpa-sub ako noong fourth quarter," he shared.
The game was tied at 69 when Manuel asked to be taken out at the final 5:48 mark. He returned at the 2:40 mark, but was still clearly hobbled by his injury as the win slipped from the Aces' crasp.
Despite his own struggles, Manuel refused to feel down.
"Hindi kami nawawalan ng pag-asa kasi sabi nga sa amin ni coach, seven-game series ito. Mahaba pa," said Manuel, who finished with 10 points, five rebounds, and an assist in the tough loss.
He and the rest of the Aces now turn their attention to the all-important Game Three at Ynares Center in Antipolo on Sunday. Manuel vowed that regardless of the pain, he would do everything in his power to stop the Hotshots from getting to the 3-0 hill.
"Gagawin ko pa rin yung magagawa ko para next game, makatulong lang ako," he said. "Ready naman kami maglaro. Ang gusto lang namin, makakuha kami ng panalo at makakuha kami ng momentum."