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Orlan Wamar’s big night

by Jim Lemuel Wilson, April 10, 2019 10:45am

San Juan Knights point guard Orlan Wamar stole the limelight as he knocked in huge baskets to lead his team to the North Division championship on Monday in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

With names like Mac Cardona, John Wilson, and Larry Rodriguez in the Knights’ lineup, the 5’ 8” guard could have easily been written off as just another member of the crew. Wamar, however, mustered enough confidence in time to prove that he is an invaluable asset to the North Division kings.

“Sa totoo lang hanggang ngayon kinukuha ko pa yung kumpiyansa ko, hanggang sa nakuha ko na ngayong gabing ‘to na Game 3, do or die," Wamar said in an interview with Courtside Philippines.

"Alam ko na yung mga bench namin, mga Bisaya, na ine-encourage ako na ‘ipakita mo lang 'yong laro mo’, ‘magkaroon ka lang ng kompyansa’, ‘itira mo lang’. So ayun, dalawang sunod, doon na nabuo yung kompyansa ko,” he said.

The 20-year-old Cebuano guard definitely seemed confident the entire game, and he did not seem to feel the pressure even through the noise of the home crowd.

“High school pa lang parang nasanay na ako na madami nang crowd. Kaya iniisip ko na lang na ay wala lang yan, makakatulong din sakin yan.”

A champion with the Centro Escolar University, Wamar once hit eight three-pointers to finish with 26 points for the Scorpions in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League back in 2017.

His performance on Monday, however, might still be the best of his career considering how he helped his team reach the National Championship round in a league that is being broadcast on national television.

Wamar’s performance did not go unnoticed as tons of fans crowded him outside of the court, asking for photos and autographs. Asked how he was handling the attention he was getting, he replied: “Wala lang, hindi ko nga alam kung paano. Malapit din kasi ako sa mga bata.”

He also said that he does not feel intimidated, especially because he knows how it was to be a kid playing out on the streets.

“Kasi nag-start din ako from sa sobrang baba, mula bata kalye-kalye lang. Kaya gusto ko din maging inspirasyon sa mga bata,” Wamar said.

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