Philippine basketball

NorthPort acquires Vic Manuel, ships Sean Anthony to Phoenix

Delfin Dioquino
NorthPort acquires Vic Manuel, ships Sean Anthony to Phoenix

HOMECOMING. Vic Manuel returns to NorthPort, the franchise that drafted him in the PBA.

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Vic Manuel parts ways with Phoenix after just one conference with the team as he heads to NorthPort in a five-player trade

It did not take long for Vic Manuel to get traded again.

Manuel parted ways with Phoenix after just one conference with the team as he heads to NorthPort alongside Mike Calisaan in exchange for Sean Anthony, Sean Manganti, and a 2021 second-round pick.

The PBA approved the trade on Friday, November 5.

Manuel joined the Fuel Masters in the offseason earlier this year as he ended a seven-year stint with the Alaska Aces.

He averaged 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in the Philippine Cup, where Phoenix fell short of a quarterfinals berth after losing its playoff against Barangay Ginebra – a game Manuel sat out due to a groin injury.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Manuel as he returns to the franchise that drafted him ninth overall in 2012.

Meanwhile, Anthony joins the Fuel Masters after four years with the Batang Pier, where he had his best moments as a player.

Anthony won Defensive Player of the Year and earned spots in the Mythical First Team and All-Defensive Team during a career season in 2019.

Injuries, though, hampered Anthony in the recent all-Filipino conference as he suited up for just eight games, averaging 10.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.5 steals.

Anthony sustained a foot injury in the playoffs, with NorthPort bowing to San Miguel in the quarterfinals.

The Batang Pier also bolstered their frontcourt with the addition of Calisaan, who averaged 1.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in the Philippine Cup.

Manganti, on the other hand, looks to get his PBA career going again with the Fuel Masters after being sidelined in the all-Filipino conference. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.