Nambatac’s marching orders: ‘Ipanalo natin ‘to para kay Jeo’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 15, 2017 09:56 PM
Nambatac’s marching orders: ‘Ipanalo natin ‘to para kay Jeo’
ALL FOR YOU. Rey Nambatac and the rest of Letran rallied around the injured Jeo Amboot to register their fourth win in a row.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Jeo Ambohot went right at the defense of San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ JM Calma at the 5:48 mark of the third quarter of their matchup on Tuesday.

Not long after, Ambohot suffered a bad fall and proceeded to point his left index finger to his right wrist.

As it turns out, he had sustained an injury to where he was pointing at.

Reporters seated baseline saw that the Knight’s right wrist seemed to be separated into two.

Also, there was Letran captain Rey Nambatac whose face turned somber after seeing the injury for himself. Asked about it after the game, he answered, “Nakita ko yung kamay niya. Nakakapang-lambot e.”

Nambatac felt bad for his teammate who had been enjoying a breakout season, but also wasted no time in re-focusing to the task at hand for them. As he put it, “Tumakbo agad sa isip ko na pano kami, pano kami. Kailangan kasi namin talaga si Ambohot lalo na yung hustle at rebounding niya.”

He then continued, “Siyempre, nalungkot kami, pero part of the game talaga ang injury e. ‘Di nawawala yun.”

And so, the graduating guard regrouped his troops and told them they are now dedicating the game to their fallen tower. “Unang sinabi ko sa kanila, ‘Guys, ipanalo natin ‘tong game na ‘to para kay Jeo.’ He’s in pain tapos malalaman pa niyang talo tayo? Hindi pwede yun,” he shared.

More than words, Nambatac led by actions and scored 23 points to go along with 14 rebounds in the Knights thrilling triumph over the Golden Stags in overtime. “Nawala yung pinaka-tore namin so pumasok sa isip ko na kailangan ko mag-double effort sa rebounding. Yun ang ginawa ko tapos nag-gang rebound na kami,”

He then continued, “I think, nagawa ko naman kanina, nagawa naman namin kanina. Malaking bagay yun sa panalo namin.”

Indeed, even without their starting center, Letran had the edge, no matter how slight it was, in rebounding, 53-52.

And head coach Jeff Napa was nothing but proud of his boys for being able to do so. “All credit ulit sa mga boys. Yung character, doon lumabas na when Jeo was out, everybody stood up para punan ang pagkawala niya,” he expressed.

As for Ambohot who will be out for two months, the Knights are only hoping for the best. “We’re just hoping for the better para kay Jeo. Rest assured naman na yung bata na yun, hindi susuko,” Napa said.

Nambatac could only agree. “We’re hoping for the best and hoping for the fast recovery of Jeo. Sana, magawan ng paraan na makabalik siya ng second round kasi sobrang kailangan namin siya.”

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