Oro’s Nam­batac shrugs off sea­son-low per­for­mance

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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.

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