Nambatac comes through in much-needed win for Letran

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 01, 2017 04:07 PM
Nambatac comes through in much-needed win for Letran
FOLLOW ME. Rey Nambatac had the steady hands for Letran which found itself in a virtual must-win situation this early in the season.

Without a doubt, Colegio de San Juan de Letran has struggled in the earlygoing of the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Knights only had one win to show through the first four games of the tournament.

And heading into their matchup on Tuesday, they were coming off back-to-back sorry losses to San Beda College and Jose Rizal University.

Still, the champions two years ago were not changing anything in their game plan. “Wala kaming binago. It’s more of involving lang yung other players,” head coach Jeff Napa said.

He then continued, “We just gave them confidence na part sila ng team, na kahit anong mangyari, bubunutin ko pa rin sila.”

That patience and perseverance finally paid off on Tuesday as Letran got the better of Arellano University and made its way back onto the win column.

Napa counted three players contributing big-time double-doubles with Rey Nambatac getting 15 points and 12 rebounds on top of five assists and two steals; Jeo Ambohot pounding in 15 markers, 13 boards, and five blocks; and Jeremiah Taladuah collecting 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Talking about the total team effort, the head coach gladly said, “Despite na nandyan si Rey, willing to step up naman yung iba. Yun naman ang nagkulang sa amin e, yung suporta sa apat.”

The four players he was referring to were Nambatac, Jerrick Balanza, JP Calvo, and Bong Quinto who have been the constant key cogs for the Knights.

He then continued, “At least ngayon, nararamdaman talaga nila na kasama sila sa team at nakakapag-deliver sila kahit sa mga maliliit na bagay lang.”

And for the graduating guard, this total team effort is exactly what Letran needs to finally make a push. “Yun ang gusto ko mangyari. ‘Di nga lang ako, lalo na coaches namin, na tulad kanina, dapat lahat nag-step up,” he said.

He then continued, “Kaya para sa amin, madali na lang ang basketball. ‘Di na kami nahihirapan, ‘di na kami napapagod.”

As team captain, Nambatac is fully aware that it is up to him for this to continue. As he put it, “Ako naman, lagi kong sinasabi sa bench namin na always challenge yourself kung papaano ninyo makukuha yung break niyo once ibigay ni coach.”

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