BRADWYN Guinto was game enough to praise James Yap for breaking him down with a dazzling move that sealed Rain or Shine's 113-105 win over NLEX in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday night.
Leaving original assignment Beau Belga to take a switch with teammate Sean Anthony, the 6-foot-6 Guinto found himself defending the smaller Yap as Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia called for a clear-out.
Getting the pass from the right wing on an isolation, Yap faked a drive then sent Guinto falling on all fours to th floor with a crossover move before stepping back and hitting the killer three-pointer.
“He's good. He got me,” the sophomore Guinto said. “I just try to defend him as best as I can."
"He made a tough shot. He did well.”
The 25-year-old San Sebastian product said all he ever wanted was to prevent the two-time league MVP from getting a good look at a three-point basket off the catch and shoot.
“Parang walang bantay si James Yap from what I saw,” Guinto recounted. “I didn’t want him to just catch and shoot, so I just switched.”
Yap, for his part, didn't know what to make of the play, asking reporters if Guinto merely slipped.
“Nagulat din ako (na nagawa ko yun),” he insisted. “Kasama sa laro yun. Crossover ba yun o baka nadulas lang siya?
“Nag-step back ako, buti nashoot at napasaya ko teammates ko,” he added.