PBA: Coach Tim: ‘We’re very fortunate James missed that shot’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 21, 2018 10:34 PM
James Yap had two shots, one that would have counted for sure, to cause some sort of heartbreak for former coach Tim Cone
At one point on Saturday, Ginebra had a 25-point lead over Rain or Shine.
That didn’t hold, however, as the Gin Kings witnessed the Elasto Painters battle back to just within 72-74 with 9.8 ticks to go.
After LA Tenorio’s split from the stripe, Rain or Shine even had a golden opportunity to force overtime, but James Yap's triple try fell short.
Import Reggie Johnson got the offensive rebound and passed the ball back to Yap, but time ran out before he could launch another triple try that fell short.
In the eyes of Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, that shot looked all too familiar. As he put it, “James got two cracks at it, I don’t know if the second would have counted, and he usually makes that shot. I know him. We’re very, very fortunate that he missed that shot.”
Coach Tim and Yap spent years together back in their days in Purefoods/San Mig Coffee.
Perhaps, that is the reason why Scottie Thompson’s challenge of the shot proved to be more effective than usual. “Scottie did a good job in pushing him out a bit farther than where he likes to shoot it, but I’ve seen James take and make shots from that spot at the end of the game all the time,” the multi-titled mentor said.
He then continued, “He makes more than he misses.”
Indeed, Yap missed and his former coach got away with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five semifinals series.
That doesn’t take away the fact that the Elasto Painters didn’t go down without a fight and even came oh so close to causing heartbreak for the crowd favorites. “Yeah, (we’re) a win away, but obviously, we’re coming away from this game with a lot of concerns. They played down the stretch really well, they’re very poised, and they’re a veteran team,” coach Tim said.
He then continued, “There’s a reason why they’re the number one seed. Looking at that, we’re happy to be up 2-1.”
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