EVEN if his Game Two benching was a gamble or not, San Mig Super Coffee star James Yap said he’s just glad the extra rest he got was good enough to keep him fresh for Game Three on Tuesday night.
“Oo, nakatulong din, siyempre, kapag ganun naman kasi, tulad ng sinabi ko, coach’s decision iyan, diskarte niya (San Mig coach Tim Cone). At least nagbunga kasi nanalo kami,” Yap told sports scribes shortly after helping the Mixers regain control of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, 77-75, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-2 Yap converted on a tough fade-away shot off a baseline pass from Marc Pingris, giving the Mixers a 76-75 lead late in the game.
Yap played just 18 minutes in Game Two, which San Mig lost to Talk ‘N Text, 76-86, on Sunday that levelled the title series at 1-1.
But the two-time league MVP bounced back from his anemic six-point performance in Game Two after scoring eight of his 13 points in the second half on Tuesday after suiting up for 35 minutes.
Though the Mixers could close out the series with another win on Thursday at the Philsports Arena, Yap isn’t counting out a comeback by the Tropang Texters, a team that entered the Finals with an immaculate 13-0 record.
“Siyempre, sobrang hirap (to close out the series) dahil alam natin ang Talk ‘N Text, di papayag magpatalo yan. Gustong-gusto din nila mag-champion,” he added