With help of Arriba spirit, Nambatac plays through cramps

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 25, 2016 06:18 PM
With help of Arriba spirit, Nambatac plays through cramps
ALL IN THE MIND. Rey Nambatac was was cramping up all throughout the second half, but he still wanted to get on the court to help his teammates.

Rey Nambatac’s first go as lead Knight was going pretty well – for him, at least.

The fourth-year off-guard already collected 13 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists near the end of the third quarter until his right leg gave up on him and he fell to the floor.

Fortunately, it was just cramps, but it nonetheless forced Nambatac to go to the bench and stay there while his team was trying to rally. Recalling the frustration he felt then, he shared, “Actually, sa buong paglalaro ko ng basketball, ngayon lang ako nag-cramps nang ganito.”

Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s top gun returned in the final frame, but was noticeably limping. He didn’t last long there as his right leg acted up again.

Still, Nambatac wanted to again return to the floor as the Knights kept themselves in the game until the final buzzer. Their physical therapist was having none of it, however, as Nambatac narrated, “Masakit, pinipilit ko lang kanina kasi yun yung Arriba spirit. Nung nakita kong humahabol pa, binulungan kong gusto kong pumasok ulit.”

He then continued, “Pero pinigilan ako. Sinabi nila sa akin, marami pa namang games, 17 pa yun.”

Post-game, the lead Knight was walking right and without limping. However, he said he felt that his right leg was still stiffening up and was only at 50 percent.

Asked what steps will be taken for the injury, Nambatac responded, “Actually, pati yung (left) leg ko ngayon, medyo matigas din. Kaya bukas, magpapa-therapy ako para on Tuesday, 100 percent na.”

Nambatac and Letran battle Emiliio Aguinaldo College on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.


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