Napa says all Knights will have to try out again, even Nambatac
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 24, 2016 08:39 PM
TRY AGAIN. Jeff Napa vowed Letran will come back stronger, but played coy on who exactly will be back with him.
Jeff Napa, a three-time champion coach in the UAAP Juniors, had a rough go at it in his first stint in the Seniors stage.
Failing to lead defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran to the Final Four, Napa minced no words in expressing his emotions. “Frustrated ako siyempre, pero yung frustration ko ngayon, gagamitin ko para sa next year,” he said.
He then continued, “Para at least, kung sino man ang magiging player ko will become ready and prepared. Yun yung pinaka-sigurado ako kasi, na babalik kami nang mas malakas.”
The key phrase in his statement is “kung sino man ang magiging player ko” as the 35-year-old reiterated what he had already said about the uncertainty of his lineup for next year. “Ang graduates (ngayon), (Jom) Sollano, Mcjour Luib, (Felix) Apreku, and (Chris) Dela Pena. The rest, tryouts,” he expressed.
He then continued, “Hindi ko alam kung sino magiging lineup kasi try out muna sila lahat. No one is safe.”
Explaining his decision, the former Nazareth School of National University coach said that it has always been his philosophy to start over new for next season. “Ganun naman lagi ako all throughout. Hindi ako naniniwala na yung lined-up na players ngayon, yun na rin,” he said.
He then continued, “Ang importante sa akin, yung magpapakamatay para sa eskwelahan.”
That means that even lead Knight Rey Nambatac is not safe. And he knows it very well as he said, “Yun nga ang sinabi ni coach Jeff na kahit ako, bawal mag-relax kasi tryout din ako for next year.”
However, Nambatac didn’t waste time in re-assuring the faithful over at Intramuros that he will work even harder to make the cut. “Nabigla kasi talaga ako sa depensa ngayon, parang ‘di ako masyadong prepared. So next season, dapat well-prepared na ako,” he said.
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