PAUL Zamar has been in the game long enough that he’s already accustomed playing with and opposite his father Boycie.
But Wednesday was different as it was the first time they faced off in the PBA.
Paul admitted that it bothered him a bit.
“Nasobrahan ako sa excitement,” he said as Blackwater battled San Miguel in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. “Medyo na-conscious ako nung start kasi first time ko siya nakalaban dito.”
The Zamars are the just the third father-son duel this season has seen, following the Ravenas — NLEX’s Kiefer and TNT’s Bong — and the Alases — NLEX’s Kevin and Phoenix’s Louie.
Boycie, an assistant coach with the Beermen, didn’t deny that he had a huge chunk of input in coach Leo Austria’s gameplan to start the game as they zeroed in on his son, who started the game for the Elite.
“Magkalaban kami eh. Anticipation lang. Sa akin naman, as a professional, dapat matuto siya. Wala namang relationship sa loob ng court eh,” the elder Zamar said.
Paul expected that his father’s knowledge of his game would affect his game, and true enough, San Miguel followed it to a tee, limiting him to just two points on 1 of 4 shooting in the first half as the Beermen shrugged off a sluggish start.
The younger Zamar did recover soon after, finishing with 11 points to go with four assists and three rebounds, although the chunk of the output came in garbage time as the Elite dropped the game, 115-106.
“Syempre champion team yan eh. Pinag-aralan nila kami lahat,” he said. “Bago ako sa liga, so yung last few games namin, sigurado pinagaralan nila yung tendencies ko at kung saan ako comfortable.”
But as the dust settled, blood remains thicker than water. And coach Boycie was just glad that even though he’s on the opposite end of his son, he’s still helping in his development as a basketball player.
“Malaking bagay sa kanya na natuto siya sa ganyan. Sinasabi ko lagi sa kanya na you have to survive the PBA daily. Alam mo naman yung labanan dito is not only sa talent. Umaasa ka sa practice mo, pero dapat may individual training ka rin. Kailangan mo i-prepare sarili mo emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually, mapa-practice man yan o game,” he said.
This time, though, it was Paul who had to make the timely assist to his papa.
“Hiniram niya yung kotse ko kasi coding siya, kaya sabay kaming pumunta dito at sabay kaming uuwi,” the son shared with a chuckle.
“Iti-treat ko naman siya ngayon,” butted in coach Boycie.