UAAP: Sean Manganti gets payback on La Salle team that passed up on him

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 20, 2018 05:46 PM
Manganti gets payback on La Salle team that passed up on him
In a parallel timeline, Sean Manganti is wearing green and white

Sean Manganti was winless in his first seven games up against De La Salle University.

That all came to an end on Saturday as he and Adamson University finally got that green and white monkey off their backs.

With a 57-50 win, they finally triumphed over the Green Archers for the first time since October 2015.

Also, it was Soaring Falcons’ head coach Franz Pumaren’s first win at the expense of his alma mater and former employer.

Apparently, it was just as personal for Manganti. “Sean played pretty well. What you don’t know is they rejected Sean and we got him,” coach Franz told reporters in the post-win interview.

Yes, according to Coach Franz, La Salle got first dibs on the 6-foot-5 forward, but passed.

And so, he ended up in the hands of coach Franz in Adamson. “That shows that our program knows how to develop players,” the latter said.

Asked about it afterward, Manganti indeed answered that the win meant much, much more for him. As he put it, “This is the one. This is the biggest game for me personally. I’m so happy right now. I’m on top of the world.”

As per the now 24-year-old, when he visited the Philippines in 2013, he tried out over at Taft Avenue.  “I came here (back when I was) Grade 11, I practiced with them and they didn’t talk to me. They treated me like nobody,” he recalled.

He then continued, “Nothing happened. I just went home (to the US), finished high school and then found a home in Adamson.”

Indeed, Manganti made an immediate impact for the Soaring Falcons in his rookie year in 2016 and is only continuing to rise now in his third season. “Everything happens for a reason. I’m glad I’m here,” he said.

In fact, in their first win against the Green Archers, he was the top scorer with 19 points on top of 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.


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