JAMES Yap is chasing a sixth PBA championship in the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup Finals, a feat that could put him in equal footing with basketball great and current San Mig Coffee team manager Alvin Patrimonio.
But true to himself, the deadly shooting guard stressed personal goals definitely take a backseat for him as he’s really more concern of helping the Mixers win a third straight league title.
“Basta ang iniisip ko lang talaga hindi pansarili kundi team, kasi isa lang naman goal namin, mag-champion kaya nagtu-tulungan kami lahat,” he added.
Yap and the Mixers moved closer of achieving the goal following the team’s clinical 95-80 demolition of previously unbeaten Talk ‘N Text Friday night in the opener of the short best-of-five title series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The six-foot-two Yap shot an efficient 8-of-13 shots from the two-point zone, leading San Mig’s blazing second half assault that saw the Mixers force the Tropang Texters to 12 of their game-high 21 turnovers in all.
“Focused lang talaga ako kung paano makatulong sa team. Eh thank God na pumapasok yung jump shots at drives ko,” Yap said after the game.
The two-time league MVP finished with a team-best 17 points, marking the third straight game he scored in double figures after struggling with his shooting during the playoffs.
Although the Mixers are playing their sixth game in 11 days, Yap said the whole team is definitely not thinking about fatigue factor at this point.
“Saka na lang maramdaman iyan (fatigue) after ng Finals kasi pag sa Finals, ad renaline mo mataas. So kahit tamaan ka ng siko, di mo mararamdaman iyan,” he said.
Game Two is set on Sunday also at the Big Dome with the Mixers looking for a commanding 2-0 lead.