REY Nambatac sparked a 25-6 finish to lift his Light team to a 92-78 win over Dark team on Sunday in the Seaoil National Basketball Training Center High School All-Star Game at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Letran star stood out from the rest of his high school class, scoring 20 points, six rebounds, six assists, and five steals, and was named Most Valuable Player of the game. Nambatac won the award over 29 other high school stars from all over the country.
“Hindi ko in-expect na makuha 'yung award kasi equal playing time ng lahat,” said Nambatac. “Go hard lang ako palagi.”
With his team down by five points, Nambatac began that pivotal flourish by the Brit Reroma-coached Light squad with a short stab before Axel Inigo from San Beda buried a triple for a 77-72 lead.
Nambatac rolled off seven consecutive points including a fade-away shot with one minute and 24 seconds left in the fourth to push Light’s team to 88-76.
Led by two-time UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy of Far Eastern University, Mario Bonleon of La Salle Greenhills, and Kyles Lao of Xavier, Dark opened the second half by taking over the lead after trailing, 36-44.
Dark even had a 69-61 lead in the early goings of the fourth before Light took over.
Reggie Morido of National University and Inigo had 15 points each for Dark.
Bonleon finished with 16 points for Dark, while Pingoy added 11 markers. The Dark team was coached by FEU’s Mike Oliver.