REY Nambatac admitted he was driven to play well in the rubber match after several fans questioned his play in Game Two of the NCAA Season 91 men’s basketball finals.
Nambatac atoned for his poor play in Game Two which he called his “worst game ever” by scoring 13 points in the Letran Knights' series-clinching 85-82 win over San Beda on Thursday.
The third-year swingman went scoreless in Game Two, missing all his six field goal attempts and six free throw shots.
Nambatac admitted that while he avoided checking on his social media accounts following the Game Two letdown, he still got wind of a lot of nasty comments about him after the defeat.
“Ang dami talaga,” said Nambatac. “Hindi ko magawang mag-internet.”
Nambatac, though, proved the doubters wrong.
“Sinabi ko sa sarili ko na ipo-prove ko sa kanila na mali ‘yung mga doubters. Ang sikreto lang na bumawi ako is because of God. Kung hindi dahil kay God, hindi ako makakarating dito kasi sobrang down ako. Nagdasal lang ako,” said Nambatac.
Nambatac admitted he was overeager in Game Two.
“Sobrang excited ako sa Game Two. Hindi ko na iniiisip kung ano ‘yung gagawin ko sa court. Sobrang advance na ‘yung thinking ko. Iniisip ko na agad kung saan mag-hahappy happy. Na-out of focus ako, nawala ‘yung laro ko.
“Worst game ko ‘yun,” said Nambatac.
Nambatac also bared he has been playing hurt, saying that he was just around 65 percent fit for Game Three and had to take pain killers for an ankle injury.
“Hindi na ako nakapag-practice kasi na-sprain ako nung Game Two. "Tatlong (pain killers) na ‘yung ginawa ko. Hindi na ako nag-recover at kumain lang ng healthy foods.”
In the end, his effort was well worth it.
“Sobrang proud ako sa sarili ko. All-Filipino (kami) eh tapos ganun. Kami pa ‘yung sumira sa dynasty. Napakasaya,” said Nambatac.