JAMES Yap took the blame for San Mig’s failure to sustain a huge fourth quarter comeback that could have prevented Barangay Ginebra to complete an 85-82 win that tied the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series between the Mixers and Kings at two-game apiece.
The San Mig star player admitted missed free throws down the stretch and Eman Monfort’s timely three-pointer made the difference in the Kings’ Game 4 win played before an animated crowd of 12,000 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Yap noted he went just 3-of-6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter including one that allowed Ginebra to hold on for an 80-79 lead.
He also said the three-pointer by Monfort off the board bailed out the Kings from a complete collapse in the payoff period that saw the Mixers rallied from a 14-point deficit.
“Ang daming mga pagkakataon manalo. Missed free throws, tapos di pumasok yung and1 ko. Then ang sayang, nandun na, very crucial `yung tira ni (Eman) Monfort na boarding, yun ang pinaka mabigat,” said the two-time league Most Valuable Player about the crucial three-point shot of the pint-sized Ginebra playmaker that triggered the Kings’ fiery 13-6 windup to seal the victory.
The Mixers had one final attempt at forcing overtime, but Yap’s game-tying three-point shot at the buzzer was just too strong.
All along, the San Mig shooting guard felt good when the ball left his hand, only to see the ball rolled out of the rim to the relief of Ginebra players and supporters.
“Ang sarap ng feeling kasi di pilit, hindi forced shot. Pero wala eh, kala ko papasok. Eh, gaun talaga game eh,” he said.
“Meron talagang feeling mo papasok, pero di pala.
“Breaks of the game.”
Yap went on to finish with 20 points, marking just the second time in the entire All-Filipino tournament that he broke the 20-point barrier after playing through an inflamed right elbow for most of the conference.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is set on Saturday also at the Big Dome.