PAUL Zamar's homecoming did not go exactly as planned as his Mono Vampire side bowed to Alab Pilipinas 86-84 in a thriller at the Baliuag Star Arena in Bulacan.
Despite the loss, the son of veteran coach Boycie Zamar still relished the opportunity to come home and play in front of his countrymen, never mind if he played against the home side.
"Best feeling ever. Number one fans in the world when it comes to basketball," said Zamar, who finished with 12 points and six rebounds for the Thai side in the loss.
"I enjoyed competing against my fellow Filipinos. Hopefully in the near future I can play alongside them," he added.
After deciding to take his talent to Thailand, Zamar experienced a resurgence by putting up averages of 15 points, nearly four rebounds and three assists as one of Mono's heritage imports.
He struggled early in the game but was instrumental when Mono Vampire stormed back from 13 points down to turn what appeared like a blowout into a thriller.
"Sa umpisa, may gigil pero it's normal lalo na homecoming mo. Pero once maka-settle down na, naging normal na ulit yung game," Zamar admitted.
"Hopefully in the playoffs or semis magkita ulit kami," he added. "They give you energy. Kung di ka maeexcite sa ganyang opportunity, may problema ka siguro. It's very nice to play in the Philippines."