As Adamson walked to the dugout following a tough loss to FEU in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament, Sean Manganti was dejected.
He was heard shouting and seen tearing up as he and the rest of the Soaring Falcons absorbed their first defeat after five consecutive wins to start the season.
But as the San Marcelino five aim to recover from this setback, Manganti will more than just talk.
“I’m gonna get in the gym tonight. It starts tonight,” said the lanky swingman, showing grit and eagerness to atone for the deflating loss.
Manganti had an all-around performance against the Tamaraws, delivering 20 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals. But he missed some ill-advised shots in overtime and sometimes forced the issue, including on a 2-on-1 fastbreak where his shot fell short.
“I wasn’t that efficient today,” he said. “I wanna come out next game more efficient.”
To get back on the winning track, however, Manganti knows he has to do more than just going to the gym post-game.
The Falcons need him to work double time on defense for all the time he’s on the court while also providing efficient scoring when the team needs.
“We gotta start strong,” he said. “We just got to clamp down and focus in practice and have a different mentality in our next games.”