ANTIPOLO — As much as he has already cemented his legacy in the PBA with big games, big shots and championships, James Yap is, after all, only a human being.
And on Sunday night where he zeroed in on joining the 10,000-point club, Yap, ironically, showed his weakness in making big shots at the free throw line at crunchtime leading to Rain or Shine’s frustrating 102-105 loss to TNT at the jampacked Ynares Center.
Leading the Elasto Painters’ charge in erasing TNT’s big lead, the Negros Occidental sniper suddenly cracked under pressure as he botched three free throw attempts which could have reversed the result of the game.
“Akin ‘yun, aakuin ko (ang) game na yun, tinira ko naman nang maayos, shinut down ko distractions, yun nga miss lang talaga,” said Yap. “Isa umalog, kasama sa laro yan eh miss talaga.”
It was not an ending Yap was expecting, especially after inching closer to another rare milestone. But the veteran in him just want to move on and bounce back stronger.
“Nanghihinayang pero wala nang magagawa. Kumbaga kung pwede lang ibalik eh nag-miss, wala na akong magagawa nangyayari talaga yan sa laro, aakuin ko (ang) game na yun and move on kalimutan mga nangyari,” he said.
Though entering the quarterfinals with back-to-back losses, which puts them in danger of having a twice-to-beat disadvantage, Yap is remains confident as Rain or Shine will try to defend their title in an uphill battle.
“Well at least maganda takbo ng team — maganda (ang) depensa, maganda (ang) ikot ng bola sa offense. So sana madala namin sa quarterfinals,” he said.
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