PBA: Maybe it isn't Rain or Shine's time yet, says James Yap
Santino Honasan on Jul 23, 2018 10:52 PM
"Talagang Iím so proud with my teammates na talagang hindi nag-give up, lumaban kami, and short lang, pero andami naming natutunan for this series. Sana ma-dala namin in the next conference."
Monday night at the Araneta Coliseum, the top-seeded Rain or Shine Elasto Painters pushed crowd-favorites Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings to the brink, before ultimately coming up short, 96-94, in Game 4 of their 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Semifinals Series.
The loss ended Rain or Shine's Commissioner's Cup campaign and set up a monster Finals series between Ginebra and defending champions San Miguel.
And while it was a bitter pill to swallow, given how close the final minutes of the game were, veteran sharpshooter James Yap isn't beating himself or his team up too much about the loss.
"Breaks of the game lang, breaks of the game." Yap said. "Andaming opportunity, hindi lang namin na-convert yung opportunities na ‘yun, siguro apat, dalawa sa akin dalawa kay Chris [Tiu], and ganun talaga ang laro ng basketball eh, ‘yun."
Yap started the game ice-cold, going scoreless in the first half, before getting all ten of his points in the final two quarters to help Rain or Shine go on the late run that made things close towards the end-game.
"Ah,well ganun talaga ang basketball eh, it’s not everytime na talagang nandiyan ka, pero kailangan mag-adjust din, buti naka-bawi ako nung second half and may chance kami na manalo, pero hindi binigay, pero ganun talaga ang laro ng basketball, hindi lahat nakukuha." Yap said of his slow start.
As for the heart that Rain or Shine showed in their almost-comeback against the Gin Kings after being down by as much as 14, Yap couldn't be any more proud.
"Talagang I’m so proud with my teammates na talagang hindi nag-give up, lumaban kami, and short lang, pero andami naming natutunan for this series. Sana ma-dala namin in the next conference."
Yap and the Elasto Painters, and maybe even the fans would have enjoyed a do-or-die Game 5, but it just wasn't meant to be.
"Masaya naman, lahat kami, teammates ko, masaya naman kaming lahat dahil lumaban, and I’m sure andaming nasiyahan na fans for this series. Masaya sana kung may do-or-die na Game 5, pero ganun talaga basketball. Madami din kaming natutunan for this series."
The four-game semifinals loss to Ginebra was an unfortunate end to what was a solid campaign for the ElastoPainters, who finished the eliminations at with the top seed and then dispatched Globalport in two games in the quarterfinals.
Yap says the whole conference was a learning experience, and maybe it just wasn't time for the Elasto Painters yet.
"Actually maganda, maganda yung takbo ng team, nag-number one kami, siguro pa talaga time namin na makapunta sa finals, pero for this conference marami kaming natutunan, sana madala namin next conference, tulad nga ng sinabi ko kanina. Marami kaming natutunan, so ayun. Kalimutan na ‘tong laro na ‘to."
"Basketball, hindi natin makukuha lahat. Hindi pa time namin na makapasok sa finals. Maybe next conference."