AFTER years of frustration against a team that once ‘rejected’ him, Sean Manganti is glad to finally get one over La Salle.
The graduating forward finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block as they ended a seven-game slump against the Green Archers.
For Franz Pumaren, it’s a testament to their program in developing players.
“Sean played pretty well, just for the record, they rejected Sean and we developed him. That’s a testament to our program. That proves to you that in our program, we know how to develop players,” said Pumaren.
“We don’t have any blue chip rookies, the other blue chip rookies they went to the other school, but we know how to develop because of our program,” he added.
Manganti shared that he was still in high school when he tried out for La Salle. “Nothing happened,” he said.
That turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Manganti as he found a home with Adamson, together with the coach which helped the Archers to multiple championships.
“I was actually in high school in the states, I came here in my 11th grade, I practiced with them and they didn’t talk to me, they treated me like nobody, nothing happened,” Manganti shared.
“I just went home, finished high school and then found a home in Adamson. Everything happens for a reason, I’m glad I’m here,” he added.
The graduating forward though insisted that he wasn’t affected by it.
“I wasn’t hurt by it. I was just on vacation here with my family. My uncle played there in the 70s, so he just told me to come to a workout, then I came nothing happened to it.”
That doesn’t mean he isn’t overjoyed by the victory, after all – it’s always nice proving a team wrong, especially after years of frustration against them.
“Believe me, trust me that’s why today we really felt like this is the one, it should have been the last game, the first round, but I’m glad we split it, my first win, and we’ll see if we see them on the playoffs,” said Manganti.
“This is the one, this is the biggest game for me personally, I’m so happy right now, I’m on top of the world.”