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    Manganti relishes opportunity to work out with, pick brain of Kiefer

    Oct 17, 2018

    AFTER Robert Bolick, it was Sean Manganti's turn to do a one-on-one practice session with Kiefer Ravena.

    The graduating Adamson forward said he was humbled by the rare opportunity to work out with and pic the brain of the NLEX's rookie guard out of Ateneo.

    "I'm humbled that he chose me and we've been talking ever since," said Manganti. "He's worked out with Robert Bolick, and Robert's good. Kiefer has shown me a lot of stuff."

    The Fil-Am winger shared it was Ravena who extended the invitation after his career-high 27-point performance in the Falcons' 90-76 win over University of the East on September 19.

    The two got together on October 9, training for an hour at FCL Center in Xavierville Avenue in Katipunan.

    "He reached out to me and, at first, I was surprised. He's one of my idols right here," he bared. "He congratulated me after the UE game. He said, 'Good game. Keep doing what you're doing,' and he told me I got a lot of eyes on me now and he wanted to polish my game a little bit. I said, 'Hell yeah.'"

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      The line of communication has been open since.

      "I wanted to pick his brain. He worked me out for an hour and we talked for like two to three hours. And ever since, every game, we've been texting, talking on what I can do better, how I should be more consistent during crunch time. He's been mentoring me. I'm really glad that he reached out," he said.

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      Manganti averaged 14.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals in 25.9 minutes through eight games with Adamson. He has 11 poins, two rebounds and two assists in the Falcons' 69-58 victory over National University on Wednesday.

      Better yet, he can always consult Ravena from here on.

      "We've been connected ever since. I could say he's a good friend now," he said.

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