STAR coach Jason Webb is hardly worried of James Yap’s poor performance in the Hotshots’ 105-102 overtime win over GlobalPort in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday.
With Yap having his worst shooting night in two years, Webb went with RR Garcia, who repaid his coach’s faith by delivering the biggest baskets down the stretch, thriving in a two-point guard partnership with Mark Barroca.
“RR took his spot,” Webb said of Yap, who went out with still over nine minutes left in the fourth, never to return.
The benching was understandable as Yap was held scoreless for the first time in seven conferences after missing all his six shots, including half from three-point range, in 14 minutes as a starter.
But Webb played down the benching of the longtime face of the Purefoods franchise.
“We are a team of depth,” the rookie coach said. “There are going to be days that James is going to play a little, there are going to be days that PJ (Simon) or Allein (Maliksi) are going to play a little. We're going to go with the people that are hot.”
“Yung team namin, kung titingnan mo, pare-pareho yung skill level,” he added. “We can't say that these are our five best guys, hands down. We're going to go with the hot guy and today it was RR. Ganun talaga.”
Yap, who played poorly just a night after being named an All-Star starter for a record 13th straight time, could only praise his new teammate for stepping up and bringing them home to their first win in three games.
“Syempre, alam naman natin si RR magaling din yan, so I'm happy for him na nag-deliver siya down the stretch,” Yap said. “Sana tuluy-tuloy na.”