Rey Nambatac puts on a show for his Twitter hater

Rey Nambatac puts on a show for his Twitter hater
THIS ONE'S FOR YOU. Rey Nambatac and his Letran Knights are out to keep proving their doubters wrong.

Rey Nambatac was a man on a mission on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Scoring 25 points on top of nine rebounds, three assists, and one steal, he led Colegio de San Juan de Letran right through Arellano University and into another do-or-die battle, now for the fourth-seed, against San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

Without a doubt, the graduating guard did not want today to be his last day donning the blue and red. “Yung performance ko, it means na talagang gusto ko pang maglaro sa NCAA. Lagi kong sinasabi, meron pa akong unfinished business sa Letran,” he told reporters afterward.

He then continued, “Step by step. One game at a time.”

As if he needed even more motivation, Nambatac also had a Twitter hater fuel his fire just last Thursday.

 

 

The one-time NCAA champion responded in kind.

 

 

 

 

And then, he let his actions do the talking up against the Chiefs.

 

 

With Letran’s all-around force having shown the way at both ends all game long, the ball was in his hands in the decisive possession. “Yung last play na yun, we designed para kay Rey. He had the guts to take charge and win or lose, sa kanya ako aasa e,” head coach Jeff Napa said post-game.

Nambatac did what his team needed, beating Rence Alcoriza and making his way into the paint. There, he was challenged by Lervin Flores, but was still able to put a shot up.

The ball only rolled around the ring, however.

Fortunately for the Knights, Jeo Ambohot was at the right place and at the right time to clean up the miss.

That make would prove to be the difference between the two teams. “Ginawa (ni Rey) yung part niya and ginawa ng mga teammate niya yung intangibles kaya nakuha namin ‘to,” Napa said.

For the pride of Cagayan de Oro, that game – and actually, this season in general – is all about yet again proving his doubters wrong. As he put it, “Minsan kasi, kailangan ko ring iparamdam sa kanila na yung mga sinasabi nila sa amin ay mali. Wala naman sila sa part namin kaya hindi nila alam kung gaano kahirap pinagdadaanan namin lalo na sa practice na sobrang dugo at pawis.”

He then continued, “Tapos ganun mga sasabihin? Siyempre, na-offend din ako kahit papaano kaya pinatulan ko.”

In the end, this should be a lesson to everybody – don’t give Rey Nambatac and his Letran Knights even more motivation.

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