PBA: Yap ties career high with seven 3s: "That's why they call him Big Game James"

Paul Lintag on Jul 12, 2018 09:48 PM
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Yap was Rain or Shine's top local in Thursday's crucial win, finishing with 27 points.

James Yap has slowed down quite a bit over the last couple of years.

Advanced age and nagging injuries have robbed Yap of his former glory however, in the do-or-die quarterfinals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup featuring his no. 1 Rain or Shine and no. 8 Globalport, Big Game James returned.

It was glorious.

Yap was Rain or Shine's top local in Thursday's crucial win, finishing with 27 points.

That's Yap's best output in a Rain or Shine uniform and his highest point total in the last four seasons.

To make things even better, James drilled a career-high tying seven triples.

"He stepped up big, that's why they call him Big Game James," head coach Caloy Garcia said of his veteran gunner.

Since being traded from Purefoods, Yap hasn't had a smooth ride with Rain or Shine as he's continued to dealt with nagging injuries and even fourth-quarter benching at times.

However, as the Elasto Painters faced elimination, the former two-time MVP came through. It was a culmination of the work he has put in so far this season, his second with ROS.

"Actually the whole conference he was playing good. I just get worried from time to time when he starts slowing down in the game, I just don't want him to get injured," Garcia said of Yap.

"But wala [do-or-die game], kung larga, larga na," he added.

 

 


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