ALASKA forward Vic Manuel earned his second PBA Honda-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award following his career effort against Magnolia on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-4 Manuel fired 17 of his new PBA career-high 35 points in the final period to lead Alaska to a pulsating 103-99 win and a spot in the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
Manuel, who averages 24 points per game, has stepped up in the absence of Calvin Abueva, suspended indefinitely, and Jeron Teng, who is recovering from stab wounds.
The Aces have been benefitting greatly from Manuel’s outstanding plays, winning their sixth straight since dropping their opening game against Rain or Shine.
Manuel, who turns 31 on Monday, snared the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of June 4 to 10, beating San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot, Meralco’s KG Canaleta, Rain or Shine’s Chris Tiu and Raymond Almazan as well as Ginebra big men Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.
Alaska returns to action on Friday when it faces NLEX at the Mall of Asia Arena.