PBA: Despite moving on from trade, Yap relishes dagger to Magnolia

Paul Lintag on Feb 13, 2019 10:34 PM
PBA: Despite moving on, Yap relishes dagger to Magnolia
Wednesday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup was perhaps Yap’s first signature moment against his former team as he drilled the game-winner to push Rain or Shine over the Hotshots.

It’s been over two years since the blockbuster James Yap for Paul Lee trade betweeen Magnolia and Rain or Shine.

Both teams and both players have since moved on... well it’s been two years.

Still, despite that fact, James Yap couldn’t help but have some satisfaction in beating his former team in head-to-head games.

Wednesday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup was perhaps Yap’s first signature moment against his former team as he drilled the game-winner to push Rain or Shine over the Hotshots.

Down two with 6.1 seconds to go, Yap faked two defenders and scored on a tough floater. He was fouled too and he calmly made the marginal free throw.

“Syempre tanggapin natin masarap yung feeling di ba,” Yap said on his game-winner against Magnolia.

“Masarap yung feeling,” he added.

Save for this one dagger deep into the heart of his former team, Yap has largely moved on.

When the trade was still rather fresh, James admitted there was still some strong emotions playing against his former team but he has since learned not to let it affect his game.

“Di ko na iniisip yun eh, kasi pag iisipin mo yun nandoon yung gigil, nandoon lahat eh,” he said.

“Kailangan ko rin mag-relax, kasi laging gigil pag sila kalaban eh. Ngayon, relax lang. Okay naman maganda kinalabasan,” Yap added.


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