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    James Yap not in mood to celebrate as focus on San Mig's quest for grand slam

    Jun 27, 2014

    SAN Mig may have moved a step closer to its ultimate goal, but James Yap is well aware it’s still a long way to go.

    Maybe that’s why the Mixers superstar hardly celebrated after his team pulled off a 93-87 win over Talk ‘N Text in the sudden death of their PBA Governors’ semifinals series on Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    “Syempre masaya ako, pero ‘di pa ako satisfied,” Yap said in a chat with Spin.ph. “’Di pa tapos ang trabaho namin. Masaya na kami pero hindi pa ito todo kasi hindi pa tapos ang laban.”

    Yap lived up to his “Big Game” moniker anew, pumping in 26 points, anchored on five triples, and coming up with his own 7-0 run that staked the Mixers to a third-quarter lead which they never relinquished.

    “Wala nang bukas, eh, so gagawin mo na lahat para makatulong ka sa team,” said the soft-spoken star, who also registered six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. “Yung mind set ko ganoon na talaga.”

    While talk about the rare grand slam naturally cropping up anew following the victory, the 32-year-old Yap simply dismissed it for now, instead putting his focus on the task at hand to avoid distractions.

    "Ako personally 'di ko iniisip 'yun (grand slam), laro lang kami bahala na kung makapasok sa finals. Ngayon na andito na, thank you, Lord, syempre pero kung iisipin kasi ng iisipin mas lalo masisira laro mo eh."

    After booking the first ticket to the Finals, San Mig is set to face the winner of the Alaska-Rain or Shine semifinal do-or-die match on Saturday.

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