Manuel all smiles with coach Topex, Banchero in first Phoenix practice

Published March 1, 2021, 8:00 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Photo from Vic Manuel’s Instagram account

It looks like all is well for Vic Manuel as he embarks on a new basketball journey with the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters.

Manuel was seen all smiles with Phoenix coach Topex Robinson and former Alaska teammate Chris Banchero during his first practice as a Fuel Master at the Upper Deck gym in Ortigas, Pasig, as stated on his Instagram post Monday, March 1.

Though Manuel has broken his silence through several interviews, this was the second time that the Pampanga-native forward posted something Phoenix-related aside from the one where he was wearing a Fuel Masters’ polo shirt.

A week ago, the 33-year-old Manuel paid homage to the Alaska Aces, his home and family for the last seven years in the PBA.

With the Fuel Masters this time, Manuel has reunited with former Alaska teammates in Banchero, RJ Jazul and Jake Pascual. Robinson, meanwhile, was his former coach in the PBA D-League.

“Kailangan ma-apply ko muna yung sistema ni coach Topex, kaya kailangan maging focus talaga ako pagdating sa practice (First of all, I need to apply coach Topex’s system, that’s why I need to focus when it comes to practice),” said Manuel as quoted from PBA’s website.

That said, the “Muscle Man” said he is willing to take the supporting role as long as it brings the best outcome for Phoenix.

In a PBA-approved deal last Feb. 23, Alaska traded Manuel to Phoenix in exchange for veteran guard Brian Heruela and three draft picks.