No Calvin Abueva? No problem!
In the absence of “The Beast,” forward Vic Manuel stepped up to the plate and provided Alaska with the needed muscle – and with his career effort against Magnolia last Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Manuel repeated as PBA Rush-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of June 4 to 10.
Nicknamed “Muscle Man”, the 6-foot-4 Manuel fired 17 of his new PBA career-high 35 points in the final canto to lead the Aces to a pulsating 103-99 victory over the Hotshots en route to sealing a playoff spot in the Commissioner’s Cup.
Manuel, who averages close to 25 points per contest upped his game with Abueva gone to a disciplinary action by the team and Jeron Teng still recovering from wounds he sustained in a stabbing incident.
Alaska has been benefitting greatly from Manuel’s outstanding plays, translating to six straight wins, since dropping their opening game against Rain or Shine.
Manuel, who turns 31 this June 18, bested 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 for the weekly citation.
The Aces return to action this Friday when it faces NLEX at the Mall of Asia Arena.