PBA: Alaska needs to find its magic as they march to quarters, says Vic Manuel

Philip Matel on Oct 28, 2018 08:22 PM
Alaska needs to find its magic as they march to quarters
Alaska stormed back after losing the lead in the middle of the third quarter, lost it again before launching a 14-0 run to effectively put the nail in the Batang Pier's 2017-18 season. (Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau)

The Alaska Aces are done with the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup eliminations test, and they've passed with flying colors.

At the conclusion of the 11-game tilt, the Aces finish at 8-3, and clinch a top-three spot, meaning they would have a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

One of the bright spots for another great eliminations is Vic Manuel, who scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Alaska's 95-85 win against the NorthPort Batang Pier. 

Alaska stormed back after losing the lead in the middle of the third quarter, lost it again before launching a 14-0 run to effectively put the nail in the Batang Pier's 2017-18 season.

Manuel was dissatisfied with his team's effort in their past games, including this one, where a bad showing in the tail end of the eliminations could mean a bad effect on their momentum.

"Pero masasabi ko lang pagpasok ng playoffs tapos kagaya noong laro namin kanina, sabi ko wala kaming mararating kung ganoon yung lalaruin namin. Ang lamya noong laro namin kanina from the start hanggang finish," Manuel lamented after the game.

The hulking forward known as the Muscle Man stressed that the team needs to find themselves again in order to make a deep run in the playoffs, as Manuel noted that the team, the second-best passing team in the league at 26.9 dimes a game, had gone their separate ways in the past three outings. 

As they could face NLEX, Phoenix, or San Miguel in the first round, the team could never get a win if they continue lackadasical play against either of the three.

"Lahat naman ng team ngayon dangerous talaga. Yun nga sabi ko, kung maglalaro kami ng ganyan na malamya from start to finish, wala kaming mararating."

Even Alaska owner Fred Uytengsu chimed in on the performance of the team, and also expressed his sentiments. 

"They worked very hard to get to a position they're in right now and it would be a shame to lose that opportunity with the twice-to-beat if we didn't play the type of game that we're known for," Uytengsu told reporters via phone call.

"So, either you go out and play our brand of game, play with the pride of Alaska basketball or you know you gonna be very sorry at the end of this game and we have to do it the hard way. So, either go out, play our game or don't show up."


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