JAMES Yap insisted the Purefoods offense hasn’t been stagnant whenever import Denzel Bowles received the ball down low during the Hotshots’ 100-94 win over Talk ‘N Text in Game One of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series on Wednesday night.
While marveling at Bowles, who erupted for a PBA career-high 49 points, Hotshots coach Tim Cone never failed to remind his locals not to be too “Denzel-reliant” and just stand still while the Best Import award frontrunner carried the offensive load.
Yap, the only other Purefoods player to score in double figures in Game One, stressed it was but natural to ride the hot hands of Bowles in the opener of the best-of-five series.
“Siya yung mainit at maganda 'yung shooting niya,” the Hotshots superstar said of Bowles, who made 23 of his 36 shots for an efficient 64 percent from the field.
Still, Yap felt they continued to execute the triangle offense even after they dumped the leather to Bowles.
“Actually kaya nga maganda yung game namin dahil kahit tumatanggap si Denzel sa may wing, hindi kami nakatingin lang sa kanya,” the two-time league MVP told Spin.ph.
“Kailangan namin gawin ‘yun palagi.”
Proof was that Bowles, once he saw the double-team, found and fed cutters, who repaid the American slotman with easy baskets inside, resulting in the import coming up with five assists in 42 minutes.
Yap was among the recipients of Bowles’ passes as the Hotshots gunner registered 18 points in 27 minutes.
But the 11-year pro admitted the locals should step up as he expects the Tropang Texters to zero in on Bowles.
“I’m sure mag-a-adjust yung Talk ‘N Text,” Yap said. “Pag tanggap ni Denzel, kailangan lang talaga may movement kami.”