VIC Manuel is on minutes restrictions for Alaska even after returning from a back injury on Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Manuel played for only eight minutes but delivered six points in the Aces’ 103-80 win over Magnolia - his first game back after missing the entire Philippine Cup due to a back injury.
Alaska coach Alex Compton said they are not rushing Manuel into playing major minutes for the Aces.
“It was very intentional that Vic played as little as he did,” Compton said. “He is just working his way back. He is on that minutes restriction thing. We give him a little bit, not too much, let him get back to the flow.
“I think his body can handle those minutes right now and then hopefully, they can just keep increasing,” said Compton.
Compton said Alaska is limiting Manuel’s minutes for the long run as the Aces hope he will be healthy for the playoff run.
“He just have to keep doing the work. It’s great to see him in uniform. I’m sure our fans are happy to see him and I’m sure they also understand that we have to make sure we keep him healthy, just building him back, keep building up his body,” Compton said.
Compton said he doesn’t want to commit the same mistake he did with Chris Banchero early in the conference when he hurt his calf during their match against Columbian.
Compton blamed himself for that injury and doesn't want to repeat the mistake in the case of Manuel.
“I was shooting for a maximum of 12. I would rather err on the side of caution and make sure he is safe, and gets into the flow. He is way too valuable to us to rush him back and make a mistake that I made with Chris Banchero in that one game. I played him too long and hurt his calf,” said Compton.