EVEN after an impressive Asean Basketball League (ABL) stint, Paul Zamar is keeping modest expectations as he enteres a new chapter in his basketball career in the PBA.
Zamar’s ABL campaign with Mono Vampire came to a close on Wednesday after bowing to San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, 102-92, in front of a huge crowd at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex.
The former University of the East cager finished the game with 19 points, three rebounds, and three assists that went to waste as Mono failed to overcome Alab’s strong start in Game Five. Now Zamar sets his sights on helping Blackwater turn things around after starting the Commissioner’s Cup winless in four outings.
“Magbibigay ako ng positive energy sa kanila,” said Zamar, who was picked 35th overall in the 2012 PBA draft. “Alam kong nasa losing streak and Blackwater. Nabalitaan ko na nagpalit na sila ng coach at manager. I’m just going to give my best to them like what I gave to Mono Vampire.”
“Hopefully, it translates to wins. Hindi rin ako magikero tulad ni coach Bong but I’ll give my best to help the team,” he added, referring to the quote of his new coach Bong Ramos who replaced Leo Isaac.
Zamar said he will return to Thailand first to formally bid his Thailand team goodbye. Even though he will now play in the PBA, he says he has a lot of memories to cherish from his stint with Mono Vampire, which he considers as his family.
“I think it’s from being a boy to a man. Hindi lang ‘yung ABL, pati ‘yung TBSL at TBL sa Thailand. Naging mama na talaga ako. Natuto ako. Laki ng naituro sa akin especially sa pagiging independent,” he said.
”Hindi ko magagawa ‘yun kung wala family ko. Kahit masakit na iwan ko sila, at least ngayon, may chance na ako makauwi. Hindi ko na pakakawalan,” added Zamar.