Nambatac a future superstar, says Rain or Shine coach

A superstar in the making.

Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said he sees Rey Nambatac becoming one of the biggest names in the PBA after the third-year guard came through for the team anew in a 91-82 win over Terrafirma in the Philippine Cup.

Fresh from hitting a clutch three-pointer in their conference-opening win against San Miguel, Nambatac netted a team-high 19 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals as Rain or Shine remained unbeaten in two games.

"Rey is a great player," Garcia said.

"He is going to end up as one of the superstars of the PBA. That is what I see in him because he has the guts to take shots."

Such was the case when Nambatac sank the three-pointer with 12 seconds left that gave Rain or Shine enough separation to topple the defending All-Filipino champion San Miguel.

Against Terrafirma, Nambatac hit two big triples in the final frame, the last of which put Rain or Shine up by 9 points with less than 3 minutes left.

"We were already playing bad, he came in and he started hitting those three-point shots from way far from the three-point line," Garcia said.

Nambatac said he wanted contribute from start to finish after struggling with his shooting touch against San Miguel.

Despite nailing arguably the biggest shot in the San Miguel game, Nambatac failed to convert a single field goal in his 6 prior shots.

"My mindset in this game was to bounce back coming from a bad game against SMB," Nambatac said in Filipino.

"Hopefully, we can carry the confidence we have now to our upcoming games," Nambatac added. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.