THE PBA’s newest member of an elite scoring club has been on an offensive slump as of late.
James Yap, who recently became the 14th member of the league’s 10,000-point club and is the scoring leader among active players, has yet to score in double digits in the last five games of Rain or Shine in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
After scoring 10 points in their blowout win over TNT last August 20, the Elasto Painters star guard has been held to single-digit scoring since then, averaging just five points on 6.6 attempts and 25.2-percent shooting, one rebound, one assist, in just 13.6 minutes of play.
ROS coach Caloy Garcia, though, refused to make a fuss about Yap’s diminished offensive production, implying he’s trying to give equal opportunity to the rest of his players.
“I’m trying to get everybody on the same page, so sometimes, you have to sacrifice,” Garcia said after their 112-82 win over Alaska in Antipolo. “Hindi pwedeng naka-focus lang kami sa isang player. We try to focus on the team, not as individuals.”
“I think it’s working because everybody has to be on the same page,” he added.
Their blowout win over the Aces was the latest proof. While Yap was limited to just six points on seven attempts, three boards, one assist in less than 14 minutes of play, young wingman Don Trollano and substitute guards Billy Robles, Ed Daquioag, and Jeramy King all got extended playing time and made the most out of it.
So don’t be surprised to see Yap continue this diminished role in exchange for a balanced effort from the entire team that will come in handy for the playoffs.