AT least for Saturday, Sean Manganti wasn't the "UP killer."
With Adamson precariously holding on to a 69-67 lead, the Fil-Am forward had a chance to further pile on the pressure on UP as he stepped on the 15-foot-line with 1:04 remaining.
But unlike in the two teams' elimination clash, Manganti wasn't as cool as ice for the Soaring Falcons as he muffed two freebies and kept the window open for the Fighting Maroons, which they took advantage of to steal the 73-71 victory and force their UAAP Season 81 Final Four series to a deciding Game 2 on Wednesday.
Unsurprisingly, the 6-foot-5 high-flyer would rather forget at that blunder, and that fourth quarter as a whole.
"I got nothing to say about that," he said after finishing with 15 points on a 6-of-16 shooting from the field, to go with his five rebounds, two assists, and a block.
But just like every Adamson battle he's had with UP, Manganti knows how to be gracious whatever the result is for his side.
"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," he said.
Luckily for the Soaring Falcons, it's not yet the end of the line for them as they have another chance to advance to the Finals on Wednesday, taking advantage of their twice-to-beat edge as the two-seed.
"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," he said. "We just wanna stay together, that’s the good part. You can really see that we never give up and that’s really the best part about our team, that we never give up."
That's why Manganti is looking forward to Adamson's do-or-die battle with UP, as well as hopefully silencing the rowdy crowd again, this time at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"It’s fun playing against them. They have a big crowd and I'm sure the game is really going to be intense," he said.