With Cruz and Racal gone, Nambatac now the man in Letran

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 24, 2016 02:59 PM
With Cruz and Racal gone, Nambatac now the man in Letran
AT THE HEAD OF THE ROUND TABLE. After three years, former King Squire Rey Nambatac is now King Knight.

Four years ago, Rey Nambatac was King Squire and the MVP in the NCAA Juniors.

When he moved up into the Seniors division still with Colegio de San Juan de Letran, however, he wasn’t asked to do a lot as the Intramuros-based squad still had Kevin Alas, Mark Cruz, and Kevin Racal.

Even during the Knights’ championship run a year ago, it was still Cruz and Racal who showed the way while Nambatac was tasked to support them and then prop up the second unit once the two rested.

Now entering his fourth season, Nambatac finally gets the marquee as the King Knight with Alas, Cruz, and Racal all already in the PBA.

Of course, as the cliché goes, with great power comes great responsibility. Not only will the left-handed guard have to take on more of the offensive burden, he will also have to stand as a leader for a team defending its title.

The Cagayan de Oro native isn’t shying away from any of the obstacles in front of him. As he confidently told ABS-CBN Sports. “May konting pressure, pero ginagawa ko na lang na motivation. Bago ka naman talaga maging successful, dadaan ka muna sa matinding pagsubok.”

He then continued, “So I think ito na yung pagsubok ko na yun.”

The first step Nambatac would like to take is proving to everyone that the scoring dynamo back when he was King Squire is still there and even better. “Ngayong wala na si Mark at K-Racs, kailangang ako na ang mag-set ng tone. Ako na mismo ngayon,” he said.

More than individual acclaim, however, the fourth-year man is setting his sights on history – in particular, claiming back-to-back championships which has never been done in this era of the San Beda College dynasty. “Unang-una, gusto kong i-defend yung crown namin. Para sa akin, gusto kong ma-achieve na makagawa ulit ng history,” he said.

He then continued, “Para in the future, kapag sasabihing Letran, ‘di kami makakalimutan.”

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