UAAP: Despite game-winner, Manganti wants to work on consistency
Danine Cruz on Sep 26, 2018 07:25 PM
"It's up and down, up and down. It's been very hard. It's disappointing." - Manganti on his performance in UAAP Season 81.
Coming off a scoreless game versus the University of Santo Tomas four days ago, Sean Manganti bounced back against the University of the Philippines and he bounced back strong.
Down by just a single point, 68-67, Manganti recovered from a broken play and converted a floater with 0.7 seconds left in the game. The whole Adamson bench exploded into wild celebration as the score board lit, 69-68, and the final buzzer soon sounded as the Soaring Falcons remained undefeated after four games.
"It’s just a scramble at that point. I was taught to never quit until you hear the buzzer so I just kept going until we hear the buzzer," said Manganti.
He achieved this amidst struggling with an injury.
"I’m happy I made the shot, I was struggling on defense a little bit, I’m not 100 percent right now. [I have an injury,] the bone on my foot under my big toe," he said.
However, looking at the bigger perspective, Manganti's game has been inconsistent.
In their first game against Ateneo, he finished with only four points and even described his performance as "terrible."
Against UE, he came back and tallied a career-high of 27 points.
By their third game against UST, Manganti failed to make a single shot. Now versus UP, he ended up with 18 points across his name.
Manganti was very honest that he needs to work on his consistency.
"It's up and down, up and down. It's been very hard. It's disappointing," Manganti shared when pressed about it.
"The bottom line is that we win the game. Individually, I had a poor performance, I wasn’t healthy so I just want to be consistent, help carry the team and do everything to carry the team," he added.
What is great about the Falcons is even though Manganti's game has been fluctuating, they still managed to maintain a perfect record. If Manganti's game is off, players like Vince Magbuhos, Jerom Lastimosa, and Jonathan Espeleta manage to step up. And regardless of what game it is, Jerrick Ahanmisi's steady offense is present.
Following the alternating pattern, Manganti might be set for another low game. When asked about it, he has this to say.
"No more. I hope not," he said as he chuckled.