Better aggressiveness bears fruit for Manuel as he takes Player of the Week award

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--With Alaska forced to play small ball for most parts of their games because of the injuries to Sonny Thoss and Noy Baclao, Vic Manuel, who himself was fresh from an injury, had to play at the inside more.

This past week, however, the 6-foot-4 high flying forward showed he is 100 percent again.

On Wednesday, he led the Aces' charge with 22 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, and one steal before an unsung hero in Chris Banchero completed their late comeback to beat the Meralco Bolts.

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On Sunday, Manuel again provided the help, contributing 10 points, five rebounds, two steals, and one block in Alaska's blowout win against Ginebra.

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For him, however, they were all part of his duty.

"Kailangan lang talaga namin maging mas aggressive every game na kapag gagamitin kami ni Coach [Alex Compton], yun ang ipinapakita namin," said Manuel, who on Monday was named the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week.

He edged San Miguel's Junemar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot, Star's Paul Lee, TNT's Kelly Williams, and Blackwater's Arth Dela Cruz for the weekly citation.

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