ANTIPOLO CITY – James Yap finally etched his name among the best scoring machines in PBA history.
On Saturday, the veteran gunner became a certified member of the league’s elite 10,000-point club during Rain or Shine’s Governors Cup game against Meralco at the Ynares Center here.
The two-time MVP clinched the milestone when he drained a right corner three-pointer with 49.3 seconds left in the third quarter to trim down the Elasto Painters deficit to 64-61.
Yap, 35, was later awarded the game ball in a simple ceremony at midcourt.
Unfortunately, the Elasto Painters lost the game, 89-73.
Meralco coach Norman Black lauded Yap later on, saying he already saw the potential in the former shooting guard out of University of the East the first time he laid an eye on him during his high school years in Iloilo City.
“That’s a great accomplishment for James Yap. That’s a lot of points first of all,” said Black.
“But I’m sorry for him,” he curtly replied for spoiling what would have been a night of celebration for celebrated Rain or Shine stalwart.
Yap became the 14th local player to breach the 10,000-point mark and 15th overall, counting former import and now Meralco coach Norman Black.
Yap is the first player to achieve the feat since Jerry Codinera did the same in 2001.
Going to the game, Yap needed just three points to break the mark.
— Jan B Ballesteros (@janbballesteros) July 29, 2017