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Ginebra draft pick Paul Zamar plays down heroics against Kings

Ginebra draft pick Paul Zamar plays down heroics against Kings

PAUL Zamar came back to haunt the team that left him unsigned six years ago as Blackwater pulled off another upset in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

Zamar banged in a clutch corner three-pointer with 44.1 seconds left in overtime to give the Elite a six-point lead on the way to a 124-118 win over Ginebra – the team’s fourth in as many games in the season-ending conference.

The son of current San Miguel assistant coach Boycie Zamar was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 PBA Rookie Draft by Ginebra, but Paul said that was farthest from his mind during the game.

“Alam naman namin na Ginebra, champion team. But regardless kung sino kalaban mo, on your toes, ready to play, and ready to give your best. I’m just happy na nanalo kami against Ginebra,” said Zamar.

The former University of the East standout, who toiled in leagues around Southeast Asia including the ABL, finished with 17 points and seven rebounds for Blackwater in just his second game against Ginebra in his young PBA career.

He also hit three three-pointers, two coming in overtime when the Elite completed the stunning victory. But the soft-spoken player was happier over the way the whole team kept its poise against an experienced side like Ginebra.

“Siyempre malaking bagay lalong lalo na itong conference na ‘to, one round tapos every game counts. At least, every game, nag-iimprove kami, lumalaban. We are building our character sabi nga ni coach Bong (Ramos).

Kahit sinong gamitin niya, ready lang mag-perform sa court,” said Zamar.

Still, the ABL veteran said the Elite are still a work in progress.

“There is always room for improvement. Once na makuntento ka, doon magsisimula ‘yung downfall. For us, kung ano ‘yung mga lapses namin offensively and defensively, pag-uusapan namin on Monday pagbalik namin,” said Zamar.