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Toroman impressed with Vic Manuel: Mala-Jokic!

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Indonesia’s national basketball team coach and former Gilas Pilipinas mentor Rajko Toroman was so impressed with Vic Manuel that he compared him to Serbian star Nikola Jokic, one of the best big men in the NBA today.

Manuel had a solid outing for the Philippines when they dismantled Indonesia, 97-70, to put them in the position to win the Philippines’ 18th SEAG gold medal.

The Alaska Aces forward recorded 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

“You saw Manuel, Vic Manuel was like Jokic. We can’t stop him inside. He was unstoppable,” Toroman said after their loss Monday night.

Upon hearing such, Manuel couldn’t help but chuckle. “Jokic? Grabe naman. Mataba ‘yun eh. Chubby ‘yun eh. Grabe naman. Siguro kung maging Jokic ako, kulang na lang ‘yung mga assists,” he said, drawing laughter from reporters.