JAMES Yap took his late benching in stride, believing whoever the players were on the floor for Rain or Shine were worthy to finish the game in a 81-74 loss to Ginebra on Sunday night in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The new Elasto Painters star hit his stride in the third quarter where he scored seven of his 10 points, but the performance still didn’t merit his inclusion in coach Caloy Garcia’s finishing unit that failed to get the job done.
“Pag mga ganyan kasi, diskarte na ni coach yun, bigay na kay coach, so for me, walang problema sa 'kin,” said Yap, who also had three boards in 17 minutes off the bench.
“Ako, ready lang,” he added. “Lahat naman kami ready lang kasi ganun naman Rain or Shine: nananalo sila kahit mga star nila nakaupo lang.”
Yap admitted his game is far from polished, citing his 3-of-11 shooting that typified the E-Painters’ woeful shooting as unit, going just 6-of-41 from deep and 26-of-11 overall for an unacceptable 26 percent from the field.
“Off night talaga kung titignan mo,” Yap said. “Kahit na naka twelve lang kami na made (sana) out of forty-one, iba na yung takbo ng game.”
The former league MVP said Rain or Shine is bound to improve.
“At least good thing nangyari ‘to kasi meron pang kulang na gagawin,” he was quick to add. “Dami pa kami i-improve, especially ako marami pa kasi bago lang ako sa team, so every practice crucial, kailangan focus ko andun lang.”