RAIN or Shine coach Caloy Garcia played down James Yap’s limited playing time in the 107-101 overtime loss to San Miguel Beer, saying he turned to a faster lineup for the most part of the game.
Coming in averaging 20.02 minutes in his first six games, Yap played just 13 minutes and 42 seconds against the Beermen – his least in an RoS uniform.
Garcia had an explanation.
“I was looking to, medyo gusto ko tumakbo kanina,” Garcia explained. “I wanted to try to get San Miguel tired, and since we were playing well… I just stuck to the people who were really working hard on both sides.”
“Sa case naman ni James, we’ll try to get him more involved in the next game,” he added of the former league MVP, who wound up with just three points on 1-of-2 shooting from beyond the arc, and one steal against three turnovers.
Against the Beermen, Garcia deployed natural small forward Gabe Norwood, who returned after being out with sore eyes, at the power forward spot to change the tempo of the game.
The ploy worked for the most part as the E-Painters looked poised to topple the Beermen after establishing a six-point lead in the last three minutes in regulation, only to give it in no thanks to a handful of errors as they saw Alex Cabagnot bury a long jumper that sent the game into overtime.
“We had a chance to win the game, but we just turned the ball over in the end, so yun lang yun,” Garcia said. “They hit the big shot, they (forced us to) the big turnover.”
“I think the game plan was okay,” he added. “I told them the only positive thing I saw was the bench players coming out strong. I told the players thid kind of games will make us stronger, especially with the way we lost, kung paano kami mag-regroup.”