PBA: James Yap on botched game-tying triple: 'Nasa huli ang pagsisisi'
Philip Matel on Jul 21, 2018 10:24 PM
Had James Yap's game-tying three gone in, the Elasto Painters could have made things more interesting, considering they had been down by 25, 43-18, in the late stages of the first half.
"Hindi naman araw-araw Pasko."
That's how veteran gunner James Yap described his two missed opportunities to tie the game at 75 to force overtime against the Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings in Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup semis at the Mall of Asia Arena, Saturday.
Yap, who had buried a dagger three from way beyond just two days before, did not enjoy the same fate this time around as he could not attempt a better shot against the defending Scottie Thompson.
Had it gone in, the Elasto Painters could have made things more interesting, considering they had been down by 25, 43-18, in the late stages of the first half.
The two-time MVP, who had been the hero in so many occasions before, said that he realized in the locker room that he should have created more room with a smaller player guarding him.
"Wala eh. Nasa huli ang pagsisisi. Dapat ginitigit ko muna. Binaba ko muna. Pero instinct na eh. Tsk. Sayang. Straight na sana eh, short lang. Nangyayari talaga yun. Ganoon talaga. Move on," Yap lamented after the game.
His former coach Tim Cone even thought in the post-game presser that his two muffed shots were very makeable, as they were nearer compared to the 35-foot bomb that he successfully launched in Game 3.
"James got two cracks at it and he usually makes that shot. I know him. We’re very, very fortunate that he missed that shot. 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. He makes more than he misses."
Since missing the shot, 'Big Game' James assured that he had moved on, as he doesn't want to interfere with his thoughts for their do-or-die game against the Gin Kings on Monday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The guard also expressed disappointment at the team's early deficit, which they had tried so hard to claw back from, which came as close to two, 74-72, with 9.8 seconds left following a quick field goal by Reggie Johnson.
"Hopefully sa next game, di na mangyayari yun kasi ang layo ng hinabol namin, sobrang laki. So, muntikan pa, muntikan pa kami tumabla. Dapat hindi na mangyayari dapat yung ganoon. Bounce back na lang."
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