Nambatac on 40-point outburst: ‘Inspired lang kasi nanonood siya’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 19, 2016 03:48 PM
Nambatac on 40 points: ‘Inspired lang kasi nanonood siya'
APPLE OF MY EYE. Rey Nambatac's inspired play is all because of a special someone.

You’re not the only Knight who is playing inspired, Felix Apreku.

Rey Nambatac dropped a career-high 40 points on San Sebastian College-Recoletos on Tuesday, just three weeks after having set his personal record at 33.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s main man now has the top two scoring outputs in the 92nd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. He was also the first Letran player to score 40 points since Intramuros legend Kevin Alas had 43 back in 2012.

The reason for his strong showing? The muse of the lead Knight was present inside the San Juan Arena and was cheering him on in person.

As he shared with ABS-CBN Sports, all while smiling from end to end, “’Di naman tayo nawawalan ng inspirason. Nandyan yung family, yung friends…” He then trailed off before continuing, “Yung special someone. Inspired lang ako kasi nanonood siya.”

Indeed, Nambatac was so inspired that he made good on 56 percent of his attempts while also pulling down 10 rebounds for a monster double-double.

It wasn’t the first time the fourth-year guard’s inspiration was there live as she was also there when Letran registered a convincing victory versus fancied favorites Arellano University last Thursday. Then, he stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Asked about their status, Nambatac coyly responded, “Getting to know each other pa lang.”

However, his significant other isn’t the only inspiration Nambatac has. “Nandyan lahat sila para suportahan ako. Para sa akin, credit din sa kanila kasi dahil sa kanila, nagiging motivated ako sa paglalaro,” he said.

Although inspired and although on a three-game winning streak, Intramuros’ go-to-guy was quick to clarify that he and his team haven’t done anything yet, especially considering they are in the middle of their title defense. “Wala pa naman kaming nararating. Maaga pa para magsalita ng tapos,” he said.”

He then continued, “Pero thankful din ako na ganun ang ine-expect sa akin at sa amin ng mga tao.”

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