Nambatac on playing through illness, injury: ‘Ayokong nakaupo lang’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 09, 2015 09:50 PM
Nambatac on playing through pain: ‘Ayokong nakaupo lang’
GRITTING AND GRINDING. Letran could have done with Rey Nambatac sitting out and healing up, but there was nothing he wanted more than helping his team in any way he can.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran essentially had its sought-after twice-to-beat advantage in the bag at the midway mark of the third quarter of their matchup with University of Perpetual Help on Friday.

Up by more than 20 points, the Knights did more than enough to overcome the loss of Rey Nambatac to injury late in the first period after his head collided with the shoulder of Alta AJ Coronel. The third-year player stood up wobbly and needed the help of teammates to head back to the bench where he sat looking dazed right until halftime.

Still, Nambatac requested to be sent in once again – even though he still wasn’t feeling 100 percent – at the midway mark of the third quarter. “Gusto ko talagang makatulong pa. Ayokong nakaupo lang at nagchi-cheer. Kung may matutulong pa, gagawin ko talaga,” he said.

Moreover, it turns out the hard hit he took from Coronel wasn’t the only pain the Letran guard was minding. “May sakit talaga ako e. Nung gabi after (game laban sa) San Beda, nilagnat ako. Hindi ako nakapag-training ng dalawang araw,” he said.

During the Knights’ rivalry game against the Red Lions last Tuesday, Nambatac took another hard hit which opened up a wound right below his lower lip. With the cut needing seven stitches to close, the team doctor said it may have been caused him to not feel well.

The Cagayan de Oro native also shared that some of it had to do with the fact that just like everyone else, his first experience with needles and stiches was far from fun. “Actually, ito yung first time na tinahi ako. Nung una, takot na takot ako, pero sinabi ko na lang sa sarili ko na malayo naman sa bituka,” he said.

Head coach Aldin Ayo was only appreciative of the grit his third-quarter guard exhibited in the face of injury, illness, and needles. “Kita mo yung puso ng bata kasi takot pala siya sa karayom,” he said.


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