Rey Nambatac looks forward to 'fresh start' for Letran under new coach Jeff Napa
Coach Jeff Napa says there will be minimal adjustments to the Knights' running game. Jerome Ascano

REY Nambatac is glad the Letran Knights will finally be able to formally start preparations for the new season after the whirlwind of events following their championship run in the NCAA.

Letran on Tuesday introduced Jeff Napa as new head coach and Nambatac, the combo guard who is expected to be among the new leaders for the squad, said the Knights are happy to finally have their new mentor on board.

The Knights claimed the Season 91 title, but soon after coach Aldin Ayo announced he was leaving to join La Salle in the UAAP.

“Para sa akin, fresh start na ’to,” the incoming junior told Spin.ph.

“Motivation namin na mag-start uli. Kailangan na naming mag-move on. Eto na ’yung simula na kailangan naming mag-trabaho at kalimutan na ‘yung nangyari last year.”

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The Knights made their choice for new coach weeks ago, but waited for Napa to finish his task with the National University’s juniors squad. He led the Bullpups to their third title in five seasons in Season 78.

“Excited na ako matuto sa kanya. Kailangan na namin makuha ‘yung chemistry ng team at namin sa kanya kasi we only have four months to prepare sa NCAA kaya parang konti na lang ang panahon,” Nambatac said.

Despite the short preparation for Letran, Nambatac is confident the team can get the job done as the Knights assured Napa that they will help each other win another championship.

“Ang sabi rin namin sa kanya, magtutulungan kami. Hindi naman ganun kalaki ang adjustment,” said Nambatac.

As for the system, Nambatac said Napa told the team there won’t be any major changes to Letran’s running game that was key to last year’s title run.

“Sabi nga niya sa amin, wala naman siyang babaguhin sa system. Maganda na ‘yung sistema namin, mas pagagandahin pa niya,” said Nambatac.

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