THEIR backs against the wall, Rain or Shine sophomore Rey Nambatac said he is looking to his veteran teammates for motivation as they try to stay alive against San Miguel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
The Elasto Painters started strong and led by as much as 29 points, 44-15, in the second quarter before the Beermen turned things around to pull off a 117-105 victory in Game Two on Monday night at the MOA Arena.
Beaten but unbowed, Nambatac, the team’s second best scorer with 15 points in the loss, remained defiant despite the Elasto Painters starting at a 0-2 deficit in the best-of-five semifinal series.
Instead, he looks to his teammates for strength.
“When it comes to this kind of situation, kami-kami lang naman, sa teammates ko lang din ako kukuha ng motivation,” he said. “Kilala ko ang mga teammates ko, kapag isa or dalawang player ang mababa ang morale, talagang tinutulungan nila para maibalik ang confidence.”
“Kasi at the end of the day, 'pag may isa or dalawang player na nawawalan ng kumpiyansa ang magsa-suffer ‘yung team. So kukuha lang ako ng motivation sa mga beterano namin sa mga ganitong sitwasyon na nadaanan nila,” he added.
The Cagayan de Oro native admitted that the Game Two fold-up was one of those losses that is hard to accept. But there’s point in regretting, he added.
“Honestly, napakahirap kasi ang team namin ngayon medyo mababa ang morale especially we were up by 29 points tapos nabaliktad,” he said. “Pero hindi pa naman tapos eh, meron pa kaming isang araw para magawan na ng paraan ang mga lapses namin kanina.”
Game Three is on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.