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.”
Hotshots coach Jason Webb still took the blame, insisting he hardly mapped out better plays for his star guard.
“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.”
“Parang talent lang ang pinapairal namin,” he added. “Sana ma-correct namin yun.”