Nambatac unfazed by ‘three-peat’ of injuries

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 16, 2015 08:21 PM
Nambatac unfazed by ‘three-peat’ of injuries
TRIFECTA. Letran hopes Rey Nambatac can fully heal from his 'three-peat' of injuries as the Final Four begins.

While Colegio de San Juan were fighting for their playoff lives and later on, the top-seed in the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament, they were sorely missing the contributions of someone key to their return to championship contention.

Although not the Knights’ top guy in any statistical department, Rey Nambatac did just about everything well and perfectly complemented Mark Cruz and Kevin Racal. Unfortunately, in the last three games – all but one against archrival San Beda College – Nambatac was forced to the sidelines, watching his team go 1-2.

In their second round meeting with the Red Lions, the third-year guard received a cut on his chin area which needed seven stitches. Following that, in their last elimination round game versus University of Perpetual Help, his head banged against the shoulder of AJ Coronel and he was unable to stand on his own.

Most recently against San Beda once more, the Cagayan de Oro native landed on someone’s foot and suffered a severe ankle sprain. Reacting to his bad luck, he told ABS-CBN Sports, “Three-peat na nga e.”

Intramuros need not worry though as Nambatac said he will be definitely good to go once the Final Four proper starts next Tuesday. “Dalawang araw ba pahinga lang. Buti na lang, may isang linggong break,” he said last Wednesday.

Moreover, the Knights’ off-guard said he remains confident despite seemingly being caught by the injury bug. “Hindi ako nawalan ng kumpyansa. Ganun lang talaga sa sports,” he said.


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