Alaska waxed hot at the start of its campaign in the Honda PBA Commissioner’s Cup and it has Vic Manuel’s contributions off the bench to thank for.
Nicknamed the “Muscleman”, the undersized forward has been providing the much-needed offense and hustle for an Aces side that has won their last three games after dropping their opening match against Rain or Shine.
The Aces’ latest victory came on Sunday with the 6-foot-4 Manuel at the forefront. Manuel fired a PBA career-high 29 points, making 12 of his 19 attempts from the field, while hauling down 12 rebounds to power Alaska to a 110-110 win over TNT in their duel in Antipolo.
Manuel’s impressive effort earned him the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of May 7-13, edging out Meralco’s Baser Amer and Chris Newsome, Columbian guard Rashawn McCarthy, Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan, Ginebra’s Kevin Ferrer and NLEX big man JR Quinahan.
The win, Alaska’s third in four matches, forced a three-way logjam for second to fourth spots with Meralco and TNT, just half a game behind Rain or Shine, which paces the team standings with its 4-1 record.
Alaska takes a six-game respite before returning to action on Saturday when it flies to Dumaguete City to face defending champion San Miguel Beer.