PBA: Puwede pa rin pala – 3-point shootout king Yap
Mark Escarlote on May 25, 2018 06:14 PM
Well, puwede pa rin pala. Puwede pa -- James Yap on winning his second 3-point shootout title in nine years
BATANGAS CITY –- There’s no denying that James Yap still has that sweet touch from behind the rainbow arc.
It may have taken the Rain or Shine star nine long years to get back on the throne but Yap just proved that he remains to be one of the most the dangerous shooters in the PBA.
Yap racked up 24 points and missed only one of the 10 moneyballs to reclaim the Three-point Shootout crown Friday the 2018 PBA All-Star Games at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum here.
“Well, puwede pa rin pala. Puwede pa,” said a very satisfied Yap, who pocketed P30,000 cash.
Yap beat Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo for his second title since the 2009 edition of the annual All-Star spectacle back when he was still playing for Purefoods.
“Siyempre sobrang happy ako kasi siyempre after nine years nakuha ko ulit,” added Yap.
Yap started out flat but slowly found his rhythm, sinking two moneyballs in the fifth rack to edge out Pringle.
“’Yan ang nasa isip ko every time na ititira ko ang moneyball, nilagay ko sa isip ko na ito ang pinakaimportanteng bola sa rack,” said Yap. “Buti na lang pumapasok and ‘pag pumapasok kasi ang moneyball medyo kompiyansa ka eh. May chance ka pang bumawi, so yun.”
Yap was the second RoS player to win a side event title after big man Beau Belga conquered the Obstacle Challenge earlier.
“Yun nga si Beau nanalo doon sa obstacle, well siguro, time ito ng Rain or Shine. Oras ng Rain or Shine,” he said.
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