UAAP: This time around, Manganti was at the wrong end of a game-winner by UP

Danine Cruz on Nov 24, 2018 09:40 PM
This time, Manganti was at the wrong end of a game-winner
Manganti found himself in the losing end of a game-winner from UP

Adamson University's Sean Manganti has an interesting history with the University of the Philippines. Since UAAP Season 80, he has always delivered game-winning baskets for the Falcons to break the hearts of the Fighting Maroons.

But in their semifinals match against UP, Manganti and the rest of the Falcons found themselves on the losing end of a game-winner.

"You know we’re disappointed, but you have to give them credit because they came out strong, they had a great game and they made some clutch baskets, so you gotta give it to them, you gotta respect them," said Manganti.

From trailing by 11 points at the end of the third frame, Adamson came back in the fourth. Manganti even brought the Falcons ahead by four points with 2:20 left.

However, with the game tied at 71-all, Bright Akhuetie drilled a basket with 2.6 ticks left, ultimately erasing Adamson's twice-to-beat advantage.

Manganti was given a taste of his own medicine.

"They just made that run, it was a really strong run. We didn’t give up, we held our own, we came back but we still lost it," Manganti shared after finishing the match with 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists.

"We worked hard this season to get that twice-to-beat advantage and you know we commend our team for still playing hard and showing that we can come back even though we were down, and you know we just wanna stay together," Manganti added.

Adamson has never lost a game against UP since the second round of Season 79 until now. Despite their loss, Manganti still thinks that it is a delight playing against the Maroons.

"It’s fun playing against [UP], they have a big crowd," he shared.

Manganti will have a chance to face UP again on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum for a do-or-die for the Finals spot.

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