UNFINISHED business is what drove Sean Manganti and Robbie Manalang to once again link up a year removed from their Adamson days.
In their two seasons together, the Soaring Falcons could not get past the Final Four.
They'll try to do better in a different arena as they aim to carry Che'Lu Bar and Grill to its maiden championship in the 2019 PBA D-League.
"That’s our goal and that’s where we’re setting our eyes on and hopefully, we get it done," said Manganti.
The 24-year-old forward acknowledges that he was not able to provide the needed support to Manalang during their time at San Marcelino.
"Back in the UAAP Season 79 and 80, Robbie was one of the best point guards in the league. And at that time, he kind of had that shine and I wasn’t playing up to a level where I should’ve been," the high-flyer said.
Manganti is confident he can now deliver much more.
"I’ve raised the level of my game and he’s still the same guy. I think when he gets his game right and we start connecting that 1-2 punch, I think we’re gonna be deadly and hopefully, we’re gonna take this one up all the way," he said.
Manalang is glad to reunite with an old teammate.
"I’m trying to get better every day and I’m all about self-improvement," said the Fil-Am point guard, who was picked in the second round of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft but was left unsigned by Rain or Shine. "It feels good to have a brother who has my back and wants me to shine. So I’m just trying my best and trying to do everything I can to help the team win."
So far, the two have had a mixed bag of results.
Manganti has been a consistent performer with his 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists, while Manalang has netted 4.25 points, 2.0 assists and 1.25 steals as they've helped Che'Lu to a 3-2 win-loss record in the Aspirants Group.
"Sean’s not gonna be here that long. I know he’s gonna be there at the next level so I’m gonna try to help him get a championship, try to help Che'Lu get a championship," said Manalang, aware of the Revellers' back-to-back bridesmaid finish last season.
"They’ve been in the finals the last two times and they fell short, so that’s everyone’s goal to try and bring home the bacon this time."