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    Flu-stricken Yap bent on getting back in shape in time for playoffs

    Apr 10, 2013
    "Parang back to zero nga ako eh. Ang hirap magpa-kundisyon kasi magkasakit ka lang, parang totally nawala lahat pinag-hirapan ko," says San Mig star James Yap. Jerome Ascano

    BELIEVE it or not, two-time league MVP James Yap found a lot of reasons to be happy after a game where he laid a big fat egg.

    Still not in top shape after a long bout with the flu, the San Mig superstar was happy to see his teammates step up on a night when he went scoreless while going 0-of-6 from the floor in 14 minutes of action.

    “Ganun naman ang team namin eh, kung sino `yung down, may sakit or injured, handang handa ang teammates ko na mag-step up,” Yap said, making special mention of big man Marc Pingris for his hustle and rebounding.

    Pingris scored 14 points and had the same number off the boards while PJ Simon poured in all 12 of his points in the second half as San Mig cruised past Air21, 80-66.

    On the other hand, reigning conference Best Import Denzel Bowles finished with 29 points and 16 boards as Mixers guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs.

    Yap missed a number of practices with the team this week because of his illness, but he vowed to be back on the court on Thursday as he tries to regain his conditioning in time for the start of the playoffs.

    “Di pa talaga ako magaling, pero mag-e-ensayo ako bukas. Laban lang,” said Yap, who was last held scoreless in the 2012 Governors Cup during a 94-91 win over Talk `N Text.

    “Bigla na lang ako nagkasakit. Uso yata ngayon eh. Parang back to zero nga ako eh. Ang hirap magpa-kundisyon kasi magkasakit ka lang, parang totally nawala lahat pinag-hirapan ko,” added the 31-year-old pride of Escalante, Negros Occidental.

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    “Di pa naman huli. Basta go hard lang parati.”

    San Mig will have Meralco for its final elimination game on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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    "Parang back to zero nga ako eh. Ang hirap magpa-kundisyon kasi magkasakit ka lang, parang totally nawala lahat pinag-hirapan ko," says San Mig star James Yap. Jerome Ascano
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