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    Jan 21, 2023
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    Paul Zamar teams up with Roi Sumang and the rest of the Batang Pier.
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    PAUL Zamar is expected to see more playing time with NorthPort after he signed a one-year deal with the ballclub recently in time for the PBA Governors’ Cup.

    Paul Zamar on Northport stint

    Zamar is set to make his Batang Pier debut on Sunday against Converge when the season-ending conference opens at the Philsports Arena. The former University of the East cager said he looks forward to his stint with the Batang Pier since the system of interim coach Bonnie Tan also suits his style of play.

    After starting 2023 as a restricted free agent and with an expired contract, San Miguel traded Zamar’s rights to NorthPort in exchange of Allyn Bulanadi. Zamar signed after the Batang Pier made an offer.

    “Gusto ko magpasalamat sa NorthPort kasi binigyan nila ako ng offer. Akala ko nga hihintayin pa nila ‘yung 30 days and very generous naman sila. Nagpapasalamat ako na nagtiwala sila sa akin,” said Zamar.

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    “First day of practice, kinausap ako ni coach Bonnie na sa sistema niya and style of coaching niya, mabibigyan niya ako ng chance maglaro. Pero siyempre, kailangan i-earn ko pa rin ‘yung minutes na ‘yun. Hindi ‘yun mase-serve on a silver platter. Kailangan ko pagtrabahuan, which is sa part ko, working hard for it, kaya kong i-earn,” said Zamar.

    While he won three titles in the PBA, Zamar admitted he also wants the playing time, more so since he is already 35 and feels like he still has good years ahead of him especially with the experience he gained with San Miguel and practicing against some of the top guards in the league.

    Taking advantage of the playing time given to him, Zamar thrived during his stint with Blackwater in 2018 where he averaged 10 points during the year before he was traded to San Miguel for draft picks.

    “Naniniwala ako na after my stint with San Miguel, I’ve learned a lot of things especially practicing and playing against the top guards in the PBA like sila Kuya Alex (Cabagnot), si Kap Chris Ross, si Terrence dumating, tapos ngayon dumating sila CJ, Jericho, Robbie, Marcio, ‘yung mga stalwarts sa team, sa tingin ko marami akong natutunan. Sana ma-apply ko this conference sa NorthPort at matulungan ko ‘yung team, ma-replicate ko o madagdagan ko ‘yung performance nung 2018,” said Zamar.

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      As he moves forward, Zamar said he will forever be grateful to San Miguel, a team he rooted for growing up being a Danny Seigle and Mike Mustre fan before.

      “Very memorable and I’m thankful na naging part ako ng San Miguel tapos nakapag-champion pa. Siyempre, very loaded talaga ‘yung team pero very happy ako. Wala akong regrets. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Zamar, who was also thankful to Blackwater for expressing its interest to sign him back.

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      Paul Zamar teams up with Roi Sumang and the rest of the Batang Pier.
      PHOTO: PBA Images
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