UAAP: Sean Manganti breaks UP's heart, brings Adamson to 4-0
UP pushed Adamson to the limit, but Sean Manganti just would not let the Soaring Falcons fall
Adamson University was four minutes away from its first loss in UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Sean Manganti had other plans, however, scoring half of the 12-3 run, including the game-winner, that completed a 69-68 come-from-behind win for the Soaring Falcons over struggling University of the Philippines on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Without a doubt, Manganti bounced back big-time from his scoreless showing the last time around, showing no fear in taking and making the game-winner. He wound up with 18 points in efficient 6-of-11 shooting.
“I can say that it was lucky for us. Good shot by Sean,” a smiling head coach Franz Pumaren said post-game. “The poise of the players showed.”
Jerrick Ahanmisi and Jonathan Espeleta were right there with him, scoring 15 and 10 points, respectively, while Papi Sarr posted an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Still, coach Franz was critical of how his boys played before the game-winner. “We allowed to take the game. We kind of veered away from our game plan and played selfish,” he said.
Indeed, the Fighting Maroons were taking it to them and even had an eight-point lead, 65-57, with 3:53 remaining only to see Manganti spearhead a 10-1 rush that took a 67-66 advantage in favor of Adamson.
After the two teams traded defensive stops, Bright Akhuetie made good baseline jumper to take back a one-point lead for State U with 5.7 ticks to go on the clock.
Off a timeout, the Soaring Falcons tried to go inside to Papi Sarr, but when that was sealed off, Manganti took matters into his own hands and launched a high-looping floater that kissed the back of the rim before falling to the bottom of the net.
Not long after, Adamson was celebrating its ascent to 4-0 – still the school’s best start to a season since 2003.
In doing so, they also sent the upstart Fighting Maroons to their third loss in a row following a season-opening win.
Juan Gomez de Liano topped the scoring column for them with 21 points on top of eight rebounds and two assists while Akhuetie had a monster double-double of 20 markers and 20 boards. All of it was for naught, however, as they fell short of taking down the biggest giant in the season thus far.
ADAMSON 69 — Manganti 18, Ahanmisi 15, Sarr 11, Espeleta 10, Pingoy 9, Camacho 2, Lastimosa 2, V. Magbuhos 2, Bernardo 0, Catapusan 0, Colonia 0, Mojica 0.
UP 68 — Ju. Gomez de Liano 21, Akhuetie 20, Ja. Gomez de Liano 7, Desiderio 6, Manzo 6, Murrell 4, Jaboneta 2, Prado 2, Dario 0, Gozum 0, Lim 0, Tungcab 0, Vito 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 24-16, 30-28, 47-57, 69-68.
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