PBA: Jett Manuel now a champion with Ginebra after going 10-60 in UP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 10, 2018 04:50 PM
PBA: Manuel a champion with Ginebra after going 10-60 in UP
Jett Manuel (second from left) is enjoying the very first championship of his career

Two weeks ago, Jett Manuel was all set to play in the first-ever Finals of his life.

Now, Jett Manuel is celebrating the first-ever championship of his life.

“I’m a champion! I’m a champion! I’m a champion,” he kept exclaiming to reporters after Ginebra downed San Miguel for the title of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup last Wednesday.

Of course, the now 25-year-old has all the right to have the time of his life as, before joining the Gin Kings, he lived through the dark days of the University of the Philippines.

From 2010 to 2016, he played five seasons for the Fighting Maroons and compiled a win-loss record of 10-60.

Along with that, Manuel also experienced two winless seasons in State U.

Nonetheless, he said he always believed that the time would come for him to celebrate. “I always aim high. Joining Ginebra, it was never a question that we can,” he said.

He then continued, “Lahat ng napagdaanan ko, it’s paying off. I just wanna thank God, I just wanna thank my teammates, and I just wanna thank yung fans namin.”

In Ginebra’s six-game conquest of the Beermen, the pride of UP played a total of 10.8 minutes in Games 1 to 4 and scored a total of four points.

While he didn’t see much time on the court during the Gin Kings’ championship run, Manuel said he remains ready and raring to contribute. “Whatever role coach Tim [Cone] gives me, I’m willing to do. As of now, I have to be patient even it’s on the practice team where I try to get my teammates better,” he shared.

He then continued, Nakaupo man ako o naglalaro, I’m gonna give my all to the team.”

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