JAMES Yap continued to embrace his role as Rain or Shine’s Sixth Man, providing a huge spark in the team’s 108-106 win over Phoenix in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday.
The two-time MVP flashed his vintage form in the second half where he scattered all but two of his 13 points to help the Elasto Painters overhaul an early 19-point deficit.
“Ready lang,” Yap said after the game at the Mall of Asia Arena. “Kung tawagin name ko ni coach, ready lang. Nagpapakundisyon lang lagi.”
ROS coach Caloy Garcia especially mentioned Yap in his post-game conference for his veteran ward’s performance in the second half – a showing that proves the 14-year veteran is still a worthy starter.
But Yap, who also collected two rebounds, two assists, and one steal, without committing a turnover in 19 minutes off the bench, doesn’t mind if he continues to come off the bench.
“Syempre si coach, may diskarte naman eh, so nirerespeto ko yung diskarte niya kung ano yung takbo ng game,” Yap said. “Basta ako, ready lang. nagpapakundisyon lang ako kaya maganda yung result.”
Whether as a starter or bench player, Yap is eager to keep contributing for the E-Painters to secure one of the Top Two seeds that come with a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.
“Walang relax, kasi may chance na mag-one or two, so take advantage na namin yung sitwasyon,” Yap said.