PBA: Danny Ildefonso is the role model for Vic Manuel

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 10, 2018 11:08 PM
PBA: Danny Ildefonso is the role model for Vic Manuel
Danny Ildefonso's mentorship is already very much evident as Vic Manuel strings together strong showings

The 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup has been quite the breakthrough campaign for Vic Manuel.

Manuel has long been a steady hand for Alaska, but in the current conference, he has been proving time and again that he has the capability to lead his team to a win.

That was much evident on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum as dropped 17 of his career-high 35 points in the final frame to make sure his team’s streak stretched to six even without Abueva as well as key reserves Jeron Teng and Carl Bryan Cruz.

With that career performance, the 30-year-old is now averaging 24.9 points in 60 percent shooting and 5.4 rebounds in the tournament.

Without a doubt, that is several steps above his career norms of 9.9 points in 49.7 percent shooting and 4.7 rebounds.

Aside from now being at full strength, the big difference for Manuel has been the Aces’ new big man coach Danny Ildefonso.

Yes, the Danny Ildefonso who won eight championships and two MVPs.

“He’s been spending a lot of time with one of the best post players in the history of the PBA,” head coach Alex Compton said. “I literally told Vic two or three years ago, isipin mo career mo and sino dapat idol mo? Maging Danny I ka.”

Two or three years ago, Manuel was a key reserve for Alaska while Ildefonso was wrapping up his playing career with Meralco.

Now, Ildefonso has begun his coaching career and is mentoring Manuel.

For the pride of Nueva Ecija, the mentorship of a legend is the most welcome development for his career. “Sobrang laking bagay ni coach Danny. Dami kong natutunan sa kanya kasi tinututukan niya ako at lagi niya akong sinasabihan,” he said.

He then continued, “Nung dumating siya, mas umangat pa yung laro ko.”


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