NCAA: Nambatac powers Letran past JRU | Inquirer Sports

NCAA: Nambatac powers Letran past JRU

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 04:24 PM July 28, 2016
Rey Nambatac and the Letran Knights. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Rey Nambatac and the Letran Knights. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Rey Nambatac proved to be too much in the clutch as he willed Letran past Jose Rizal University, 67-62, in the NCAA Season 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament Thursday at San Juan Arena.

Nambatac hit a long three-pointer from the left wing to give the Knights a 65-60 lead with 44.5 ticks left and fend off the Heavy Bombers, who came within two.

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The Knights held a comfortable 60-53 lead midway through the fourth after a 10-3 run.

“At least naka bounce back kami at nagawa namin kailangang gawin, mga mistakes namin sa previous games na-correct namin,” said Knights head coach Jeff Napa, referring to the 61-55 loss to Mapua. “Ito maganda sa kanila eh, kahit anong mangyari, stick sila sa game plan and kaya nilang mag adjust sa kung ano kailangang itama.”

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Nambatac waxed hot in the fourth quarter scoring 15 of his total 29 points to lead the Knights, who now sit at solo third with a 5-2 card.

Jom Sollano was pedestrian in the offensive end, scoring only four points but grabbed a team-high 11 boards.

Paulo Pontejos had 27 points to lead the Heavy Bombers, who skid to their fourth loss in six games.

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