MANILA — He didn’t contribute much but James Yap finally beat his former team.
For the first time since the blockbuster trade that also involved Paul Lee, Rain or Shine got one over Star as the Elasto Painters scored a 92-88 win over the Hotshots Sunday at the Big Dome.
James Yap, the face of the Purefoods franchise for over a decade before he was shipped to ROS before this current season started, scored exactly zero points in his first win against his former crew but he’s happy nonetheless.
That’s because his new crew got his back.
“Siyempre masaya. Thank you sa mga teammates ko nakakuha na kami ng isa. Although wala ako sa loob, thank you pa din,” Yap said post-game. He played less than 10 minutes in this outing despite getting a starting role.
“Ano ba kami, 0-4 ata kami sa kanila eh. 1-4 na, tatlo pa,” he added.
Since the trade, Star has swept its regular season assignments against ROS this season. The Hotshots also swept the Elasto Painters when both teams squared off in the quarterfinals of the Commissioner’s Cup.
Now that he finally got his first win over his former team, Yap is focused on helping Rain or Shine to continue its surge in the season-ending joust.
The Elasto Painters currently have a 4-2 mark and are on a three-game run.
“Kailangan maging consistent kami sa defense talaga, kasi ‘yun ang problem namin lagi eh. And then maganda rin ‘yung nangyari nung nakahabol ang Star. Ako for me, parang gusto ko ‘yung ganun na hinahabol kami para ma-practice kami ng ganun,” Yap said.
“Kasi ‘pag nahahabol kami nagpa-panic kami eh. Maganda ‘yung ganung game, minsan kasi nakakalimutan ‘yung sistema ‘pag nahahabol na kami. At least itong game na ito, stick pa rin kami sa system,” he added.
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.
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