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Breakout games give Nambatac Player of the Week nod


Miles Morales

Rey Nambatac becoming one of Rain or Shine’s gunners this season as he went on a blitzing breakout in the mid-season PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The former Letran standout was big for the Elasto Painters in back-to-back victories over Barangay Ginebra and Phoenix that enabled the team to recover from a slow start and even its record at 2-2.

Nambatac hit a career-high 30 points including 7-of-11 from three-point range in Rain or Shine’s 104-81 blowout of the Kings then followed it up by coming through in the clutch as the Elasto Painters rallied to upstage the Fuel Masters, 89-82.

The 25-year-old averaged 20.5 points in his team’s last two games, earning a first ever PBA Press Corps-Cignal Player of the Week honor for the period from June 3-9.

Nambatac, picked seventh overall by the Elasto Painters in the 2017 draft, beat out eight other candidates for the weekly citation handed out by the men and women covering the PBA beat.

Others who vied for the honor included Nambatac’s teammate Javee Mocon, Chris Banchero and Jeron Teng of Alaska, the TnT Katropa trio of Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy, NorthPort’s Robert Bolick, and Blackwater rookie Bobby Ray Parks.

After their twin victories, the Elasto Painters won’t return to action until June 19 when they clash with co-league leader NorthPort at the Mall of Asia Arena.