LETRAN coach Jeff Napa lauded Rey Nambatac and Jerick Balanza for playing a big role in resolving the issue involving two Knights who had planned to leave the team days before NCAA Season 93
Napa did not want to discuss details of the preseason problems but noted Nambatac and Jerick Balanza helped the team enter the tournament as one unit after the transfer plans of Bong Quinto and JP Calvo shook the camp.
"Actually, hindi na namin pinag-usapan 'yun. Nangyari 'yun sinet aside namin 'yung mga egos namin. Kahit si Rey, talagang nag-standup, man enough para tanggapin 'yung dalawa desptie all the drama na nangyari. Pati si Jerick. Masaya ako sa naging desisyon nila. Sila 'yung nag-stood up para i-handle 'yung situation. Doon ako nag-base sa kanila kung ano ang kailangan gawin," Napa said.
Sources said Nambatac led a players-only meeting after it was reported Quinto and Calvo were set to move, likely to La Salle where they will be reunited with former Knights coach Aldin Ayo.
Napa said the team has moved on from the controversy.
"Past is past na 'yun. Actually, ayoko na isipin 'yun. Kumbaga, lesson learned na rin para sa akin," Napa said.
"Good thing na nangyari na rin 'yun on my coaching career. Siguro binigay sa akin dahil alam ng Diyos kung paano ko i-handle 'yung situation. Natututo rin ako. At least naging maganda ang turnaround," said Napa.
Quinto had vowed to work hard to regain Letran’s trust and had a great chance together with Calvo to give the Knights a lift in their season opener. The controversial duo led a stirring run that put them ahead by six in the fourth only for the Knights to slip and bow to the Mapua Cardinals.
Napa said Letran will come out an even better team following the setback.
"May kulang pa. I know meron pa silang ibibigay na best. It so happened na breaks of the game. Give credit to Mapua, 'yung experience nila, nandoon pa rin. Next game, ipapakita namin na hindi na mauulit 'yung endgame collapse," said Napa.