After career game, Nambatac expects his minutes to be limited

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 28, 2016 04:28 PM
After career game, Nambatac expects his minutes to go down
REST IS FOR THE BEST. Rey Nambatac said Letran's physical therapist said he should average lower than 30 minutes on the court.

After four years, Rey Nambatac finally showcased the stroke that made him a former NCAA Juniors MVP.

Scoring a Seniors career-high 33 points, 21 coming in the first half, Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s top gun willed his team to the first win in their title defense.

And according to him, all of it was thanks to luck. “Tsamba lang,” he exclaimed while chuckling as he entered the press room for the post-win interview.

Turning serious, the lead Knight humbly deflected credit back to his squad. As he put it, “Kaya siguro ako nag-career high kasi maganda yung execution namin.”

Don’t expect Nambatac to rest on his laurels, however, as he said he only wants to one-up his career-best. “’Di naman ako nag-stick sa kung anong narating ko. As much as possible, kung anong narating ko, hihigitan ko pa,” he said.

As it turns out, the Letran star has another obstacle to overcome if he does set out to better his best. While he didn’t cramp up like he did the last time around, he shared, “Sa wakas, naka-survive, pero kanina, medyo bumibigay na naman e.”

He then continued, “Buti yung physical therapist (PT) namin, marunong. Pinapakiramdaman niya yung laro ko, kung nakita niya akong pagod, sinasabihan niya si coach Jeff (Napa) na pahingain ako.”

Through two games, the former Juniors MVP averaged 25.5 points, seven rebounds, and 4.5 assists, but also saw action for 31 minutes. Indeed, if he is to extend this hot start all the way to the end of the tournament, he needs to spend a little more time resting on the bench.

The Knights staff can only agree. “Sabi nga rin ng PT, kelangan pinakamatagal na yung 30 minutes per game. So binabantayan talaga nila coach Jeff,” he said.

Still, only time will tell if the defending champions can afford to give their main man a little more rest.

After all, it’s not an exaggeration to say that Letran only goes as far as Nambatac takes them.

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