Manuel wants to shoot more 3s with Phoenix

New Phoenix forward Vic Manuel liked what he had seen in his first practice session with his new PBA team since trading last week.

He was greeted by coach Topex Robinson and his newcomer Chris Banchero, who were also former Alaska members. Banchero is also a new addition to the Phoenix squad since he was sent to the Fuel Masters two weeks ago as part of a deal with the Magnolia Hotshots.

“I am satisfied with my first training session on the team after speaking to coaches Topex and Chris Banchero as well as Jason Perkins and Justin Chua,” Manuel told ESPN5 in Filipino on Monday.

Manuel said his brief conversation with Robinson during the two-hour training session was huge, emphasizing that it “boosted his confidence” as he begins a new chapter in his PBA career with his new team.

“Coach Topex made me feel welcome and at ease on the first day in training with Phoenix. Actually, I was really happy to be with them because I can feel the energy and excitement with them,” said a relieved Manuel, now, where he was six The week contract with Alaska is over and done with.

“At least the contract issue with Alaska is over. Now I can go forward and get back to work properly. I can’t afford to relax,” said the former PSBA Blue Jaguar.

Manuel said under Robinson he is expected to “reinvent himself” if he gets the green light to shoot threes, which is completely different from what he used to be with the aces.

“Coach Topex gave me the license to shoot from the outside. And that alone gave me the confidence to play for the team without any pressure,” said Manuel, who with over 15 points emerged as the best performer of the aces per game average last season.

With Phoenix, Manuel said he likes the idea that he’s going to shoot three.

“I practiced three of three during my time in Alaska, but then I didn’t get the chance to actually do it because I rarely jump out. While I’m here in Phoenix, I just get to do my best in practice and with the give.” Trust that they give me now, I will shoot more from the outside, “said Manuel.

While Phoenix is ​​studded with goalscorers led by Matthew Wright, Banchero, Perkins and even Chua, Manuel wouldn’t mind playing a limited scoring role as long as the Fuel Masters win the championship.

“There are so many people who can score points here at Phoenix. I’m ready to be an RPG so I’m not really under pressure.”

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