PBA: Manuel wants that title badly to make up for previous heartbreaks
Paul Lintag on Nov 22, 2018 02:34 PM
"Gustung-gusto ko na rin makakuha ng championship eh," --- Alaska forward Vic Manuel.
Vic Manuel and Alaska conquered one roadblock in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup already, now they're looking to make it two.
In the quarterfinals, the Aces finally got one over long-time playoff tormentor San Miguel Beer.
And after a hard-fought semifinals win over Meralco, Alaska is back in the finals for the first time in two years with the golden opportunity to win the franchise's first championship since 2013.
"Gustung-gusto ko na rin makakuha ng championship eh," forward Vic Manuel said.
"Pero alam ko naman di magiging madali to, lalo na Magnolia. Sabi ko nga ang hirap nila kalaban talaga. Kailangan pagdating namin doon sa Finals talaga yung preparation namin dapat kumpleto. Dapat lahat ng details na ibibigay samin nila coach, dapat magawa namin nang tama," he added.
Manuel, together with Alaska head coach Alex Compton, are 0-4 in the PBA Finals.
They've been swept by the Beermen in the championship round and lost by seven games twice, including one where they led three games to none.
For all those heartbreaks, the Aces might be due for a title. But as always, they'll have to take it because the Hotshots are not giving this one up as well.
"Sakit na rin eh. Parang syempre parang magkasama kami dito eh. Halos sabay kami, wala pa kaming nakukuha," Manuel said of his relationship with Compton in Alaska.
"Last time nung after nung game namin semis sabi niya sakin na di dapat makuntento sa Finals lang. Kailangan maka-isa man kami kasi nga 0-4 daw kami. Yun, parang na-ano ako sa mga sinabi niya, na-motivate din ako. Parang yun yung magiging ano ko ngayon, motivation ko," he added.
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