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Zamar cherishes "enjoyable" PBA debut

Six years was worth the wait for Paul Zamar. PBA Media Bureau
By Ivan Saldajeno


That was the first word Paul Zamar told the media following his PBA debut on Friday night at the Alonte Sports Arena.

Zamar was selected 35th overall by Ginebra in the 2012 draft, but he had to wait for six seasons before finally getting his first taste of PBA action.

The team was actually involved in Zamar's first PBA game, but curiously, he was not wearing red on Friday night as he was donning the white jersey of Blackwater, the team that quickly signed him following his stellar stint with Mono Vampire in the ABL.

But for the combo guard, he was fine with it.

"Nagkataon lang na Ginebra agad yung first game," added Zamar.

However, it was the Barangay who had the last laugh in his debut as they mauled the Elite, 105-91.

"Mas gusto pa rin namin na yung end result, panalo," rued Zamar, who finished with 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc, six rebounds, and one assist.

Most of his points, however, came in the dying moments, when the outcome was already settled.

However, those points helped Blackwater cut the lead of as high as 26 down to 14, which could be a factor when the quotients come to play.

"Sa tingin ko, dapat yun naman talaga dapat ang attitude ng isang professional basketball player. Regardless kung ilang minutes, five minutes or matagal, dapat ready ka maglaro. Pag binunot ka sa bench, ready ka," said Zamar on him still fighting down the stretch.

In the end, he cherished his first game in the PBA.

"Enjoy naman," he further said. "In general, excited lang ako to play in the PBA."

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