Oro’s Nambatac shrugs off season-low performance
MANILA--Colegio de San Juan de Letran star Rey Nambatac is confident that he can bounce back after a disappointing performance in the Knights’ blowout loss to San Sebastian College in the NCAA Season 93 tournament on Tuesday.
Nambatac, the Knights’ leading scorer, was held to a season-low six points by the stifling San Sebastian defense, while also being forced to commit six of Letran’s 21 turnovers. A high volume shooter who averaged over 14 field goals per game, Nambatac was forced to give up the ball and took only four field goals in the huge 64-95 loss.
Afterward, however, Nambatac stressed that the Stags did not do anything special on defense.
“Ano lang talaga, slow start, at bad game lang talaga,” he insisted. “May mga ganoon talagang sitwasyon na pangit talaga ang laro mo.”
The Knights had expected the Stags’ tough, physical defense, according to Nambatac, but San Sebastian also got the jump on them. With their outside shots clicking, the Stags raced to an early 25-8 lead, and the Knights spent most of the game trying to rally back – to no avail.
“Mas grabe `yung intensity nila kaysa sa amin eh,” Nambatac admitted. “Naunahan kami.”
Yet Nambatac said the loss to the Golden Stags should only help the Knights in the long run, especially as they head into the final stretch of the elimination round.
“Lesson learned,” he said. “We hope we will bounce back hard in the next game.”
Personally, Nambatac is not worrying too much about his bad game. After all, he pointed out that he has been through far worse.
“Galing na ako sa ganitong sitwasyon eh. Last 2015, Finals namin (against San Beda), Game 2,” he recalled.
Nambatac was referring to his brutal performance in Game 2 of the NCAA Season 91 Finals, where Letran lost 68-61 to archrivals San Beda College. He went scoreless in that game, and bricked a stunning six free throws in the final quarter.
“Mas okay nga ito, dahil kahit papaano, may nakocontribute pa ako compared sa sinabi ko na worst game na Finals namin noong 2015,” he noted.
Nambatac said he will stick to Coach Jeff Napa’s system and keep his confidence up in an effort to recover from the loss.
“As a player, nangyayari’t nangyayari talaga `yun, na mayroon ka talagang isang bad game,” he said. “I think ito na `yung pinaka-bad game ko.”
“Pero para sa akin, positive ito dahil andoon pa kami sa point na sa taas pa kami. So may reason talaga kung bakit. Para sa akin may reason kung bakit ganito kasama `yung laro ko. Naininiwala naman ako na pagdating ng next game namin, talagang magba-bounce back hard ako,” he added.