PBA: Nambatac on latest heroics: “Natuto na ako sa mga sigaw ni coach”

Paul Lintag on Jul 25, 2019 10:33 PM
PBA: Nambatac continues to prove status as ROS’ top gun
“Natuto na ako sa mga sigaw ni coach Caloy sa practice at sa laro. Syempre ako naman, sa isip ko, hindi na pwede na lagi na lang ako sinisigawan ni coach, lagi na lang ako pinapagalitan. Nasa isip ko, meron kulang at mali sa ginagawa ko. So tinatama ko step-by-step,” Nambatac said.

Rey Nambatac has emerged as Rain or Shine’s top gun.

Time and time again, Nambatac has proven his worth for Rain or Shine.

In the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals, ROS’ two wins over Blackwater were made possible by two clutch Nambatac jumpers.

It was a booming triple in Game 1 for an 83-80 win and in the decisive Game 3 Thursday, Nambatac buried a mid-range jumper that allowed the Elasto Painters to take an 85-83 victory to move on to the next round.

After being pushed hard by head coach Caloy Garcia, Rey is earning his stripes as an emerging star in the PBA.

“Natuto na ako sa mga sigaw ni coach Caloy sa practice at sa laro. Syempre ako naman, sa isip ko, hindi na pwede na lagi na lang ako sinisigawan ni coach, lagi na lang ako pinapagalitan. Nasa isip ko, meron kulang at mali sa ginagawa ko. So tinatama ko step-by-step,” Nambatac said.

“Para pagdating sa loob ng court, katulad nun mga clutch moments, eh mature na ako. Hindi na ako katulad nung dati, inaamin ko talaga natataranta ako, natatakot ako syempre pro league na to eh. Para sakin naman para maging successful ka, you have to take that challenge kasi yung mga ganyang chances, yan yung magbibigay ng confidence para sa mga susunod pa na laban,” he added.

In the decisive win against the Elite, Nambatac led all scorers with 21 points, 19 in the second half and 12 in the fourth quarter.

His last go-ahead shot was pure confidence on his part and was willing to go all-in just to get the victory outright.

“Para sakin, confident lang talaga ako na i-shoot yun. Kasi nasakin na naman yung huling bola eh, sakin na naman napunta, so yun nga ang laki ng tiwala sakin,” Nambatac said.

“Para sakin, magandang opportunity yun. Ako naman, heat check din ako. Maganda yung shooting percentage ko so kinuha ko na. Whether na-shoot yun o hindi, at least merong overtime, yun yung mindset ko,” he added.

 

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