This left graduating Soaring Falcon Sean Manganti – who has been known as the UP killer over the last two years – prone to the jeers of the Iskos that flocked the SMART Araneta Coliseum.
But then something magical happened.
When the 6-foot-5 utility forward received the Appeton Most Improved Player, he was greeted with cheers.
Then, when he received his second award – the PSBankable Player of the Season plum – the cheers from the UP community grew louder.
Respect begets respect, as they say.
“Big shout-out to the UP community for showing me love,” tweeted Manganti, who averaged 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.3 steals during the season.
“Guess we have a love and hate relationship.”
Maganti received PHP 150,000 in total as a reward. But the moment itself was priceless, and he will carry it with him as he moves on to the next stage in his life.
But Manganti will still have a chance to break UP’s hearts once again if the stars align for them in the PBA D-League.
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