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PBA Player of the Week: Nambatac built for the pressure

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 06:27 PM July 20, 2021

Rey Nambatac vs NLEX defenders

Rey Nambatac vs NLEX defenders. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines — Rey Nambatac wasted no time in making his presence felt early in the new PBA season.

The Rain or Shine guard got off to a strong start as he led his team to a 2-0 record in the Philippine Cup.

Elasto Painters coach Chris Gavina was all praise for Nambatac, whom he said has embraced playing the starring role.

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“He loves the pressure. He’s built for it. He has grown and developed, and his confidence has come a long way. I think he knows now that he is starting to separate himself in regards to being able to take over a game and he likes it.”

“I’m hoping that he can continue that mindset as we move forward,” he said.

The 27-year-old former Letran ace, who was named the first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week this season, posted 19 points and eight rebounds in Rain of Shine’s 83-82 win over NLEX in the opener.

Nambatac, then, dropped 21 points and 12 rebounds in the Painters’ 72-61 rout of Blackwater on Sunday.

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