ABL: Paul Zamar has mixed emotions playing against countrymen in finals

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 27 2018 12:04 AM

Paul Zamar (left) is guarded by San Miguel Alab player Josh Urbiztondo in Game 1 of the ABL finals. Courtesy of the ABL Facebook page

STA. ROSA, Laguna -- Mono Vampire’s Paul Zamar admitted it was a surreal experience playing against fellow Filipinos in Game 2 of the ASEAN basketball finals on Wednesday.

They went up against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and leveled the best-of-5 series 1-1 with Zamar sinking the most crucial free throws of the game that gave Mono Vampire the 103-100 win.

"It's mixed emotions, you know, playing against your fellow countrymen. But of course, I still have a job to do . . . this is basketball,” said the former University of the East (UE) player following their victory.

“You throw away all those emotions. It's a great feeling to finally win a game against the Philippines."

Zamar, son of former UE Red Warriors coach Boycie Zamar, struggled all night long against Alab until he finally did damage from the free throw line.

“This is one of the games I relish . . . those tight situations, ‘cause I failed in those kind of situations before and I want to redeem myself,” said Zamar.

He added it’s always refreshing and at the same time challenging to play against a hostile crowd.

Zamar said playing in front of passionate fans is reminiscent of his UAAP days.

“I know it's always tough playing in the Philippines, in front of my fellow countrymen. They cheer so hard, they focus on the game,” he said.

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