STARS COLLIDE: Letran’s Nambatac VS JRU’s Pontejos
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 31, 2016 06:55 PM
FACE-OFF. Rey Nambatac and Paolo Pontejos engaged each other in a classic shootout.
Two gunslingers faced off in a duel in the middle of the San Juan Arena on Thursday.
At one end was Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Rey Nambatac who has entrenched himself as the league’s leading scorer. At the other was Jose Rizal University’s Paolo Pontejos who was bound for an outburst sooner than later.
Pontejos and the Heavy Bombers were ahead for most of the game until Nambatac and the Knights pushed forth a rumbling rally that eventually ended as a 67-62 win.
Not only did he get the mark on the win column, Intramuros’ top gun also got the better of Shaw Boulevard’s star. The former had 29 points, five rebounds, and two steals compared to the latter’s 27 points, three rebounds, and one steal.
Left to rue their shortcomings in what could have been a breakthrough win for JRU, Pontejos expressed, “Sayang nga. Sayang lalo na sa standing kasi bumaba na naman kami.”
He then continued, “’Di namin alam ano pa gagawin namin.”
ABS-CBN Sports caught up with the two gunslingers after their duel to figure out where their minds and hearts were at.
The reason behind the offensive outburst
REY: Kaya siguro nag-15 points (ako nung fourth quarter) kasi ginawa ko lang yung tama at nag-stick sa system ni coach (Jeff Napa). Of course, kelangan, as one of the leaders, mag-step up ako at ipakita sa kalaban na kahit lamang yung sila, ‘di kami susuko.
PAOLO: Letran kasi, big game, kelangan mag-step up. Tapos natapilok pa si Teytey (Teodoro) nung first quarter pa lang. Tapos siyempre, gusto ko ring manalo.
Defending one another
REY: Halftime pa lang, talagang ako na yung nag-volunteer na dumepensa kay Pontejos kasi lagi naming sinasabi na pag Letran kalaban, talagang pumuputok si Pontejos. So nangyari nga kanina. ‘Di ko na hinayaang hanggang fourth quarter, siya sumira sa laro namin, siya magpatalo sa amin.
PAOLO: Siguro, nakaka-stop talaga sila ng plays e sumusunod lang naman kami sa mga play. (Hindi ako dumepensa kay Rey kasi) mapapagod ako kasi. Ang gameplan namin, yung mga defender namin babantay sa kanya.
Moving forward – what now?
REY: Para sa akin, dagdag boost ng confidence yung nanalo kami at ako sa kanya kasi marami pang games na darating. Hopefully, magtuloy-tuloy.
PAOLO: As long as mananalo kami, sana, magtuloy-tuloy yung ganitong laro ko.