Racal’s Nambatac: ‘China-challenge ko kung anong meron si Potts’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 30, 2017 07:23 PM
Nambatac: ‘China-challenge ko kung anong meron si Potts'
RIVALS. Rey Nambatac, from Letran, and Davon Potts, from San Beda, were going at it in Game 1 of the PBA D-League Finals.

Cignal was cruising in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Finals.

Up by as much as 21 early in the third, the Hawkeyes were flying high.

Come the final frame, however, Racal came roaring back to life behind Rey Nambatac.

Scoring eight of his 23 points in the last eight minutes, Nambatac clawed the Tile Masters as close as five points. “Nasa isip ko lang talaga na gusto ko manalo. Para sa akin kasi, importante yung Game 1 kasi kung sino manalo rito, yun yung may magandang chance,” he said.

Much of that spurt came at the expense of Davon Potts. Asked about their duel, the 23-year-old answered, “Knowing Davon, talagang magaling na scorer. Siyempre ako, china-challenge ko talaga kung anong meron siya.”

Of course, there’s always something brewing between a Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knight like Nambatac and a San Beda College Red Lion like Potts.

That much couldn’t have been any clearer than in the two-minute mark of the final frame.

With Potts in front of him, Nambatac dribbled, crossed over, stepped back, rose, and launched a long-range missile. The ball swished and the trey got Racal to the closest they ever got.

The Letran star was quick to point out, however, “Hindi ako nanggigil. Ginagawa ko lang yung sistema namin.”

Of course, Cignal came out on top in the end and is now on the brink of a championship.

With their backs behind the wall, however, Nambatac said he and Racal will only come out with guns blazing in Game 2 on Monday. “Medyo down yung team, pero lahat kami, sinabi sa isa’t isang gawing motivation yung Game 1. ‘Di pa naman tapos ‘to,” he said.

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