PBA: Manuel on minutes restriction for Alaska following injury
Paul Lintag on Jun 05, 2019 07:41 PM
For his first game of the year, Manuel was good for six points on 3/5 shooting. He played less than nine minutes.
Finally, Vic Manuel is back and healthy for Alaska.
Manuel is active once again following a long recovery from back injury and he made his season debut for Alaska Wednesday in a huge win over Magnolia in the ongoing 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
For his first game of the year, Manuel was good for six points on three out of five shooting.
He played less than nine minutes.
“That was very intentional that Vic played a little as he did. He’s just working his way back so he’s on minutes restriction,” head coach Alex Compton said of his star forward.
“I think his body can handle those minutes right now and hopefully they just keep increasing. We have to make sure we keep him healthy,” he added.
In last year’s Commissioner’s Cup, Manuel played perhaps the best basketball of his career, going on a historic scoring run of at least 20 points.
Manuel is a little far off from that form yet but Alaska is in no rush.
“He’s way too valuable to us to rush him back,” Compton said of Manuel.
“He’s just gotta keep doing the work, but it’s great to see him in uniform,” Compton added.
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