SEAN Manganti only has love for Adamson as he bids adieu to the school he called his home for the better part of the last four years.
"I love you forever. That's all I can keep saying," he said, holding back tears after an underdog University of the Philippines side put a stunning end to the Soaring Falcons' campaign in the Final Four of UAAP Season 81.
"I love Adamson forever. They'll always be a big part of me. They have shaped me into the man I am today, and I hope the feeling is mutual."
Manganti bid his farewell to the San Marcelino crowd on Wednesday after Adamson's 89-87 overtime defeat to UP in the Final Four. It wasn't the ending he wanted, as he finished with six points, five rebounds, three assists, and a steal in a foul-plagued farewell game.
Though Manganti was unable to give the Soaring Falcons a championship in his two years there, he hopes his "klasmeyts" would still remember him fondly for his time donning the blue-and-white.
"I just hope I can be remembered as one that left it all on the floor, one that gave his life to Adamson, one that gave his heart to Adamson, and sacrificed everything for Adamson no matter what. And hopefully as a winner and a competitor," said the 24-year-old Fil-Am forward.
Manganti may be saying goodbye, but he is confident the holdovers will keep the Franz Pumaren-coached side competitive for seasons to come.
"I expect them to be in the same place. I expect certain guys to step up and take my role. I'm expecting Jonathan Espeleta and Simon Camacho to step up and I think it will be the same strong team," he said.
As for the future of the 6-foot-5 forward, Manganti looks forward to making the jump to the pro league.
"I'm looking at the [PBA] draft, either this year or next year," he admitted.
Manganti, however, has suited up in only 13 games for Akari-Adamson in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup, one short of the 14 games a Fil-foreign applicant needs to be eligible for the PBA Draft.
But wherever his basketball journey takes him, Manganti is glad to have had a chunk of his life spent in Adamson.
"I love everyone. Each and everyone of them is my brother and I love them and I love Adamson forever," he said.