ANTIPOLO – Mainly responsible for forcing a Game 7 between Rain or Shine and Magnolia for the remaining finals berth in the PBA Philippine Cup, Rey Nambatac vows to maintain his deadly form come the sudden-death match on Sunday.
“Hindi ako dapat mag-relax dahil alam ko sa sarili ko na kapag pinasok ako sa loob may maitutulong ako,” said the sophomore guard out of Letran after playing the hero’s role in the Elasto Painters’ 91-81 win over the Hotshots in Friday’s Game 6 at the Ynares Center.
Nambatac came through with 13 points in the final quarter – 12 of them from three-point range – as Rain or Shine snapped out of a three-game losing slump and tied the best-of-seven series at 3-3.
The 25-year-old Cagayan De Oro City native scored 16 points to share scoring honors with James Yap and, more importantly, set the stage for his first ever Game 7 as a pro.
Nambatac vowed to be up to the task.
“Game 7. Do-or-die game. Medyo may pressure, medyo nakakakaba rin kasi nga professional league na ito, hindi na ito amateur na basta-basta na lang iisipin. Ito kailangan mong pag-aralan,” he said.
But Nambatac said he can’t do it alone and is looking forward to seeing his other teammates step up just as they had done the entire all-Filipino conference.
“Nagre-rely lang kami sa bawat isa. Hindi kami nagre-rely sa isa o dalawang tao,” he said. “Yun ang isa sa naging bread and butter namin.
"Yung teamwork namin, hindi namin inaalis yun. Yun ang lagi naming sinasabi na manalo at mananalo tayo kapag sama-sama tayo at hindi tayo hiwa-hiwalay."