PAUL Zamar played inspired basketball as he led CafeFrance's gutsy effort to force a winner-take-all Game Five for the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup title.
Just four days after marrying longtime girlfriend Jane Arcangel, the 28-year-old Zamar came through with a heroic performance for the Bakers, finishing with 25 points in a 100-94 win over Phoenix-Far Eastern University team that extend the series to a deciding match.
“Mas maganda siguro ‘yung magpapakasal ka kasi gumaganda laro mo,” CafeFrance coach Egay Macaraya said in jest during the postgame interview.
But the Game Four hero downplayed his wedding's role in his impressive showing, saying instead that he just didn't want the conference to end on Tuesday.
“Wala na kasing bukas. Isang talo na lang, out na kami. I hate to say this but as the oldest player in the team, I don’t want to let my team down,” said Zamar.
Zamar said he is determined to win a title this conference after suffering several defeats in the playoffs. And with the way the Bakers lost Game Three on a late three-pointer by Roger Pogoy, Zamar said the team wants to atone for the loss very badly.
“I’ve been through a lot sa Cebuana. Puro semis, natatalo. Now I want to win a championship,” said Zamar.
“We just want to bounce back badly,” he added. “Nung Game Three, we thought it was in our hands pero ‘yun nga sabi ni coach. Lagi niyang ini-i-stress na breaks of the game ‘yung loss namin kaya we need to take [this] game.”
Nevertheless, Zamar thanked his wife for the understanding as he had to fly back to Manila from Boracay after their wedding last Friday.
“I want to dedicate the win to my wife. We didn’t have any honeymoon because we are in the middle of the championship series. Ganun naman talaga, we have to be professional players,” Zamar said.