JAMES Yap has struggled in San Mig's past two games, but he insists the trouble he has had to deal with off the court has nothing to do with it.
“Wala naman (effect ang controversy sa laro ko). Wala na, di ko na iniisip yung problema," the two-time league MVP said after finishing with a personal conference-low of five points in San Mig's 84-83 win over Alaska on Saturday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"Ang problema kasi iniiwan mo na sa bahay, kalimutan na iyan kapag nasa venue ka para mag-focus lang sa basketball,” Yap added.
The San Mig star has not been much of a factor on the court since his headline-hugging spat with former wife Kris Aquino became public, making just two of 12 shots in the match against the Aces. (Read more about the Yap vs. Aquino controversy on our sister site Pep.ph)
Together with his 17-point, 6-of-19 performance in an 82-87 loss to Air21 on Wednesday, the soft-spoken Escalante, Negros Occidental native has now gone 8-of-31 from the floor since the court fight with his celebrity ex-wife hit the headlines.
Still, Yap said his woeful performance was simply a case of the shots not falling.
“Ganun talaga. Di ma-shoot eh, next time na lang babawi,” said Yap after the game.
The former UE Red Warrior later took the opportunity to thank basketball fans for standing by him and showing their support not only during games but also on social networking sites.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila (fans) dahil nandiyan sila sa akin all the way. Huwag sila mag-alala, mahirap man, pero kakayanin ko. Okay lang ako,” said Yap before excusing himself walking out of the Big Dome.