Nakakapanibago -- Yap on facing former team Star
Mark Escarlote on Dec 18, 2016 08:28 PM
Excited ako for this game pero talo kami -- James Yap
This was how Rain or Shine's James Yap described his first game against his former team Star Hotshots.
The Hotshots gave Yap a hard time in their first meeting Sunday at the Big Dome after Star sent the two-time Most Valuable Player to the Elasto Painters two months ago for Paul Lee.
Yap had a hellish 3-of-10 shooting from the field for only nine points in Rain or Shine’s 91-99 loss to Star in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.
“Excited ako for this game pero talo kami,” said Yap, the 2004 second overall pick of the then Purefoods franchise. “So ganoon talaga ang laro may nanalo may natatalo. Bawi na lang next game.”
The Hotshots were able to shackle Yap by putting PJ Simon to guard him.
“Si PJ naman is still PJ Simon. Magaling naman si PJ kumabaga bigay mo na sa kanya ganoon talaga,” he said of his long-time buddy.
Yap admitted that Star perfectly executed their game plan against him.
“Nagdo-double sila sa akin kaya ‘yung field goal ko hindi (ganoon kaganda). Ang field goal ko 10 (attempts) lang sa buong 24 minutes kong nilaro,” Yap said. “Well naka-focus din ang depensa sa akin. Once na pumuposte ako (kay PJ) dumu-double sila kaya ipinapasa ko ang bola sa mga bigs namin.”
“Maganda ang game plan nila,” he added. “In short gusto nilang alisin ang bola sa akin.”
Lee had a better performance than Yap, scoring 14 points and had four assists in his first game against the squad that picked him second overall in the 2011 rookie draft.
Both teams are tied at 3-2 win-loss records.
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