JAMES Yap is having a career resurgence in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs and he’s enjoying every single moment of it.
The two-time PBA Most Valuable Player once again proved that he has a lot left in the tank as he led Rain or Shine to a 109-100 win over Ginebra on Thursday night and tie their semis affair at one game apiece.
Yap scored 18 points as a starter for coach Caloy Garcia, none bigger than his last five which came in the Elasto Painters’ 12-0 run at the end game to steal the win away from Ginebra.
It just goes to show that Yap is at his most dangerous when he’s having fun on the floor.
“Ako naman kasi laro lang eh. Enjoyin ko lang ang moment na to, kasi mahirap talaga makarating dito sa semis at Ginebra pa kalaban. Ine-enjoy ko lang talaga to. I’m sure yung mga teammates ko, ineenjoy lang nila,” said Yap.
Given a chance to put the game away for good, Yap didn’t shy away from the trigger as he drained the backbreaking triple to give the Elasto Painters a seven point lead with one minute and seven seconds remaining in the game.
“Walang hesitation. Wala kang choice kung di itira mo yun, buti nakita ako ni Chris Tiu. Thank God, buti pumasok,” Yap said.
“Pag release ko ang sarap ng feeling, alam kong papasok. Ramdam e. May ganyan na pag bitaw mo alam mong papasok,” he added.
Though he’s having a second wind is his career, the 36-year-old Yap insists that he’s not trying to prove anything.
After all, with multiple MVPs and championships, Yap definitely doesn’t have to prove anything anymore.
“Sa totoo lang di ko naman iniisip yun e. Ineenjoy ko lang yung moment na to na nasa semis kami. Di ko iniisip kung ano ako or sino ako. Basta laro lang ako,” Yap said.
Despite the thrilling victory, Yap said that they cannot become complacent after this big win. Being familiar with Ginebra coach Tim Cone, he knows that the adjustments will come for Ginebra.
“Knowing coach Tim, hindi matutulog mamaya yan. Pagaaralan nila ang mali nila. Siyempre kami ready lang, I’m sure si coach Caloy di rin magpapatalo yan at may idadagdag sa play namin.”