Rain or Shine has been drawing one noteworthy efficiency after one other from its bevy of kids. On Friday evening, nonetheless, with an opportunity to get a streak going and hold the membership’s playoff hopes alive, it was a six-year resurgent professional who got here by with the important thing photographs.
Rey Nambatac scored eight of his whole 12 factors within the closing interval to assist the Elastopainters to a 113-101 victory over NLEX, the crew’s second straight win after a winless begin within the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“It was simply nice timing,” he instructed the Inquirer shortly after the conflict at PhilSports Area in Pasig Metropolis. “I assume I used to be the ‘magic bunot’ of that sport, altering the circulate of issues in that fourth quarter.”
Nambatac’s scoring has dipped throughout this convention. Earlier than Friday evening’s win, the seventh total decide of the 2017 Rookie Draft had been averaging solely 8.1 factors per outing—a far cry from the 13.4 he set all through three conferences within the earlier season.
A downward pattern in manufacturing, positioned towards the backdrop of profession performances of youthful guards like Gian Mamuyac, Andrei Caracut, and rookie Adrian Nocum, would paint a not-so-pleasant image for Nambatac.
However he doesn’t see it that approach.
“I take a look at it as motivation for me to work much more. I do know I’m not getting any youthful. Yearly, a brand new man is coming in. However I see all of it as a problem,” he mentioned with a smile.
“I do know that there’s a wave of youthful gamers—and so they’re most likely higher than me. However as a veteran, I’m extra centered on what gaps I might fill for the crew. If that’s to be a task mannequin for the youthful guys, or a motivator earlier than video games. I’d do it,” he added.
With a 2-5 win-loss document and 4 video games left, Nambatac will nonetheless have loads of probabilities to show that he’s nonetheless a prime offensive choice for Rain or Shine. And what greater stage than in a sport towards league-leading Magnolia in Cagayan de Oro Metropolis, the place Nambatac was born and raised?
“Magnolia. We all know they’re actually powerful. They’re one of many hardest groups to play within the PBA and so they’re undefeated on this convention so it’ll be a problem,” he mentioned of the Dec. 16 encounter.
“I hope we are able to put up a superb efficiency in my hometown.”
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