PBA: James Yap proves he’s still got big game

Paul Lintag on Jan 18, 2019 10:38 PM
PBA: James Yap proves he’s still got big game
Signing a fresh three-year deal with Rain or Shine in the offseason, Yap started 2019 with a masterful performance, leading the Elasto Painters to a first win in the Philippine Cup against NLEX.

Looks like James Yap is not done.

Signing a fresh three-year deal with Rain or Shine in the offseason, Yap started 2019 with a masterful performance, leading the Elasto Painters to a first win in the Philippine Cup against NLEX.

Yap fired four triples on his way to a game-high 20 points.

While he’s getting up there in age and the game miles starting to pile up, Yap says it pays off to always stay ready.

“Ako naman kasi, ready lang. Nagpapa-kundisyon naman ko sa sarili ko,” Yap said.

“Sinabihan din ako ni coach na ready ako this conference, so tumatak sa isip ko yun. Kumbaga excited din ako. Kailangan ready, kasi sinabihan ka din ng coach mo,” he added.

After an early exit in the previous season’s Governors’ Cup, Yap says him and his team are focused.

Rain or Shine’s early prep has paid off, leading to a nice start in the new season.

“Actually hindi kami masyado nakapag-pahinga nung offseason, halos tuluy-tuloy yung practice namin. Pumunta kaming Bahrain, naglaro kami dun, mga kalaban namin tatlong import,” Yap said.

“Siguro nadala namin in this game, and then syempre nung na-out kami last conference, di naman namin makakalimutan yun. Every practice, nakikita ko lahat kami focused kasi kailangan bumawi. Alam namin lahat ng player kung anong pakiramdam nung ma-out, di makapasok sa quarterfinals,” he added.

 

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