PBA: Big Game James pushes ROS to semis
Yap exploded for 27 points and ROS survived the do-of-die quarterfinals duel in the quarterfinals.
James Yap showed up big time.
The former two-time MVP led no. 1 Rain or Shine to the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup as the Elasto Painters beat no. 8 Globalport, 103-97, Thursday at the MOA Arena.
Yap exploded for 27 points and ROS survived the do-of-die quarterfinals duel in the quarterfinals. He drilled a career-high seven triples as well.
The Elasto Painters are moving on to the best-of-5 semis where Brgy. Ginebra is waiting.
Despite the win though, head coach Caloy Garcia is far from happy.
"It feels good to win but I'm not satisfied with how the game ended. We didn't get any calls in the fourth quarter. Everything that they do is bump, they don't call anything. When we do something like that we get called. It's a terrible officiating in th fourth quarter, I don't know why," he said.
"But this game, I'm proud of the players. When we lost the first game by one point, some teams would just give up, but these guys came out and played good," he added.
The Elasto Painters certainly played better this time around and took a 16-point lead mid-way through the fourth, 86-70.
But the Batang Pier made it interesting in the end, launching a final rally before the Elasto Painters prevailed with superior composure.
Import Reggie Johnson led the way with 29 points and 15 rebounds. Yap's 27 followed and Raymond Almazan added another 16 points.
For the Batang Pier Stanley Pringle fired 23 points in a losing effort.
Rain or Shine (103): Johnson 29, Yap 27, Almazan 16, Tiu 12, Norwood 7, Belga 7, Ponferada 3, Daquioag 2, Ahanmisi 0, Borboran 0
GlobalPort (97): Pringle 23, Javelona 18, White 12, Grey 10, Anthony 10, Tautuaa 7, Taha 6, Teng 3, Espinas 2, Elorde 2, Guinto 2, Gabayni 2
Quarter scores: 24-22, 46-38, 75-67, 103-97
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