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    James Yap left dumbfounded by point-blank miss and error, accepts blame

    Nov 24, 2015
    James Yap shows his disappointment after a costly miss. Jerome Ascano

    JAMES Yap owned up to his uncharacteristic misses and a turnover down the stretch in Star’s 107-102 loss to Alaska on Tuesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup.

    The Hotshots superstar botched two point-blank shots that would’ve closed the gap and fumbled the ball in the team’s last offensive possession, denying Star a chance to force overtime.

    That put to naught a prolific fourth quarter where he scored eight of his team-high 20 points to spark a comeback.

    “Hindi ko rin alam,” a dumbfounded Yap said of his misses. “Tinatanong ko sa sarili ko kung bakit ko na-miss 'yun. Sinasagot ko na lang sarili ko na bilog talaga ang bola. Ganun talaga.”

    “Well, akin ‘yun, akin ‘yun,” he added. “Charge to experience lang talaga.”

    [See Alaska proves steadier, deals Star third successive loss]

    Hotshots coach Jason Webb still took the blame, insisting he hardly mapped out better plays for his star guard.

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    “I have to put him in better positions to score,” the rookie coach said.

    As a unit, Yap believes the Hotshots have yet to completely buy in to Webb’s free-flowing system after playing for years under the triangle offense of coach Tim Cone.

    “Sa nakikita ko, kanya-kanya pa eh,” Yap said. “Hindi namin nagagawa y'ung pina-practice namin. Siguro kasama na rin yung dahil bago yung sistema. Kung baga, nakawala kami lahat sa kuwadra. Lahat gusto magpakita.”

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    “Parang talent lang ang pinapairal namin,” he added. “Sana ma-correct namin yun.”

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