Manganti: ‘We really want to bring back glory to Adamson’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 06, 2016 08:58 PM
FIVE-YEAR WAIT. Sean Manganti and Adamson need just one more win to book their return into the Final Four.
Three out of four playoff spots have already been filled in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament and Adamson University is holding onto the fourth and final one.
But with a murderer’s row of Far Eastern University, University of Sto. Tomas, National University, and Ateneo de Manila University still on their schedule, the Soaring Falcons’ hold seemed nothing but tenuous.
Fortunately for the faithful over at San Marcelino, their youngsters pulled out unexpected maturity in upsetting the defending champion Tamaraws on Sunday.
Now with a 6-5 win-loss record, Adamson is one step away from its first Final Four since 2011.
And Sean Manganti, one of the keys in making it so, didn’t mince words in sharing just how important their latest win meant for them. “It’s a good thing for us. We really want to bring back glory to our school and ourselves,” he expressed.
Coach Franz Pumaren seconded the sentiments of his prized ward, but also reminded everybody that they are yet to finish the job. “We needed this win. At this stage, we’re looking at making the playoffs and we needed this type of game,” he said.
He then continued, “We got this win, but there’s no time to relax. We just have to stay focused and work even hard.”
Indeed, although they have three shots at making the playoffs, the Falcons still have 5-8 National University and 5-9 University of the Philippines breathing down their necks. The good news for them is, unlike those two, their fate is entirely up to them.
“For me, what I have been stressing, we have to take care of our own destiny,” Pumaren said. “We don’t look at the other team standings. Our destiny is in our hands and we just have to take it one game at a time.”
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