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    Rey Nambatac determined to draw strength from semifinal loss

    Aug 3, 2019
    PHOTO: Edward Solo

    REY Nambatac said the experience he gained during Rain or Shine’s semifinal series against San Miguel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup will be beneficial for his career moving forward.

    The Elastopainters bowed to the Beermen, 98-95, in Game Four on Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Nambatac finished the game with 15 points, but had crucial misses in the fourth quarter, an open three and a free throw that could have turned the tide for the Elastopainters.

    “’Yun ‘yung sobrang para sa akin nakakapanghinayang,” said the sophomore. “Nandoon na. Wide open tapos hindi lang talaga pumasok.”

    The 25-year-old Nambatac, however, said he plans to draw strength from the loss in the series that saw him became a major part of the Rain or Shine rotation.

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      “Para sa akin, magandang experience itong conference na ‘to. Marami akong natutunan. Marami rin akong na-experience sa conference lalo na sa semis. Hopefully, sa last conference, maging consistent pa rin kami at mas lalo pa ako maging (better player),” said Nambatac.

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      Nambatac said Rain or Shine management and head coach Caloy Garcia expressed how proud they are with the Elastopainters, who were 3-5 at one point of the conference but still reached the semifinals against the mighty Beermen.

      Nambatac was also instrumental in helping Rain or Shine advance to the semifinals after hitting two game-winning shots in their quarterfinal series against Blackwater.

      “Hindi naman galit si coach. ‘Yung management, tuwang tuwa nga sila sa ginawa namin na alam naman ng mga coaches to management na talagang lumaban kami sa game na ‘to. Hindi namin binigay ng basta basta.”

      “Sinabi lang nila na proud sila sa amin dahil kahit naman bago mag-start ang conferece, walang nag-expect na papasok kami sa semis. Proud ako kasi pinakita namin ‘yung pagiging matapang namin,” said Nambatac.

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