HE is one of the unheralded players in an Alaska team that boasts of such stars as Calvin Abueva, Cyrus Baguio, Sonny Thoss, and Jvee Casio,
But hardworking forward Vic Manuel doesn’t mind it as long as he always gets the job done for the Aces.
As he always did in the past, the former Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA) standout again came out huge off the bench in the Aces’ three-game sweep of deposed champion Star Hotshots in the semifinals of the PBA Governors Cup on Sunday.
Manuel finished with 14 points, none more important than the medium-range jumper he nailed in the final 30 seconds of Game Three that proved to be the backbreaker in Alaska’s 82-77 come-from-behind win.
Alaska coach Alex Compton commended the ‘Muscle Man,’ for his work ethic , saying he plays a lot bigger than his 6-foot-4 frame.
“Vic is a player who is ready to play every game,” said Compton of the former MVP of the defunct Philippine Basketball League (PBL), who emerged as the Accel-PBA Press Corps. Player of the Week for the period of June 29-July 5.
“One of the things I admire most about Vic is that he plays a lot bigger than he actually is because he plays with such heart,” he added.
Manuel beat out the likes of Rain or Shine’s Jeff Chan, Marcio Lassiter of San Miguel, Star’s James Yap and Alaska teammate JVee Casio for the weekly honor.