PBA: No changing anything for Vic Manuel even after foul-plagued Game 2

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 16, 2018 10:17 PM
PBA: No changing for Manuel even after foul-plagued Game 2
Expect Vic Manuel to stay Vic Manuel as Alaska tries to stay alive in the conference

At one point in the ongoing 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Vic Manuel scored 20 points or more for 11 games in a row.

That personal hot streak put up his conference averages at 24 points in 58 percent shooting on top of 6.4 rebounds.

In Game 2 of Alaska’s semifinals series against defending champion San Miguel on Monday, however, the frontrunner for Best Player of the Conference was held down to just 15 points and three rebounds in only 22 minutes.

Much of his impact came in the second half when the Beermen made their run. “Three fouls kasi ako agad kaya inupo na ako ni coach second quarter pa lang tas medyo matagal ako nagpahinga. Siguro, mali kong nagkaroon ako ng tatlong foul nang maaga,” he told reporters post-game.

He then continued, “Kahit papaano, nakatulong pa rin ako, pero kinapos pa rin kami.”

Indeed, Manuel’s 14 points in the last 15 minutes of the game proved too little, too late and the Aces fell, 94-105, onto a 0-2 hole in the best-of-five series.

Even though he was unable to play up to his standards because of foul trouble, the burly forward said he will not be changing anything about his game for the next game. “Sa Game 3, mas magiging aggressive ako,” he said, full of confidence.

He then continued, “Sabi naman nila coach na kung anong ginagawa ko, i-continue ko lang at wag kong baguhin. Basta focused lang ako lalo sa susunod na game.”

After all, Alaska will need their top gun to take the lead in the fight as they try to stay alive in the conference. “Basta kami, pagdating ng Game 3, lalaban pa rin kami. Ngayong Game 2, kinapos lang kami, pero ‘di pa rin kami susuko,” he expressed.

He then continued, “’Di namin basta-basta ibibigay yung Game 3 at yung series na ‘to.”

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