SEAN Manganti has had a penchant of breaking the hearts of UP faithful.
And it shouldn't come as a surprise that his outbursts also brings him his fair share of haters, who have flooded his social media accounts.
Interestingly, Manganti has someone from the Fighting Maroons camp who can relate.
"Ako nga maraming bashers eh. Siya pa kaya na kalaban?," said coach Bo Perasol. "Ako nga, kakampi na ako."
Manganti was a villain once again in Diliman after putting a stop to the UP rally from 26-points down.
The Fil-Am forward drilled a killer right-corner triple that turned a close 74-70 Adamson lead to seven, 77-70 with 1:14 to play that took the air out of UP. The Soaring Falcons took the win, 80-72, with Manganti dropping 10 points, six rebounds, and two assists.
Perasol said that it shouldn't come as a surprise that Manganti has time and again gotten the better of the Fighting Maroons backcourt given his length and athleticism.
"I think it's his length as a wingman. He doesn't give away any quickness kung maliit man ang bantay niya kasi mabilis siya at mahaba. He's very athletic and he can shoot from the outside. Laging may mismatch," observed Perasol, who had a hard time on shuffling his rotation that includes Juan Gomez de Liano, Paul Desiderio, Jun Manzo, and Diego Dario.
He understands the hatred Manganti is getting, but rather than be affected with the criticism, the seasoned mentor thinks that it's a testament of how good the senior is.
"It's all part of that. Nobody's going to say bad at you if you don't count. But if you are making yourself a thorn on the side of your opponent, everybody's going to be against you," he said.
"He's a thorn. He has to be thankful. If nobody notices him, nobody comments about him, it means he doesn't do anything against us. He has to be happy about that."
As for his own fort, Perasol knows that's the puzzle UP has to solve if it wants to make a late Final Four run.
"In terms of size, maliit ang backcourt namin so we need to find a way how we can match up with him," he said.