UAAP: Adamson's Manganti doesn't want to break UP's hearts anymore

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 23, 2018 04:59 PM
Adamson's Manganti doesn't want to break UP's hearts anymore
Sean Manganti doesn't want to get another game-winner or dagger against UP - because he wants Adamson as a team to do that

Sean Manganti and Adamson University will face off with the University of the Philippines in the Final Four of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

And three of the last four times the two teams have met, Manganti had a hand in wins for the Soaring Falcons and losses for the Fighting Maroons.

A year ago, in their first round meeting, he had a game-winning tip-in.

This season, also in their matchup in Round 1, he had another putback to win the game.

Then in the second round, he hit the dagger trey that kept their opponents at bay once and for all.

That is exactly why the third-year forward has gotten quite a reputation in Diliman.

In their game in the Final Four, however, he said he doesn’t want to have to be a hero or a dagger-dropper. “I honestly wanna end the game early. We wanna come out strong so there’s no need for that kind of stuff,” he said.

Of course, it would serve Adamson well if it avoided any kind of complications against UP which will see playoff action for the first time in more than two decades.

That is even truer as, just a week ago, Manganti suffered a minor ankle sprain.

He made it a point to promise, though, that he will be at full strength up against State U. “I’ll be fine. I’ll be ready,” he said, full of confidence.

After all, the Filipino-American would need to be at full strength in the face of a sure to be determined UP side. “I love playing against (UP). They got one of the best crowds and every time we play them, it’s like a Finals game cause it’s so intense,” he shared.

He then continued, “But nobody’s bastos there. Everybody just wants to play hard and I respect that so much.”

Without a doubt, that sure to be determined UP side would be backed by a sure to be boisterous UP crowd – who, as it turns out, have already been learning to respect Manganti. “I’ve gotten a bit more, ‘Don’t worry about it,’ from UP fans recently. It’s more about respect,” he said.

He then continued, “Whatever it is they got for me, it’s okay. Keep it coming.”

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