JAMES Yap has been taking the heat for his woeful performance and San Mig Coffee’s faltering start in the PBA Governors Cup, but that won't keep the two-time MVP from shooting.
Afterall, shooting is what shooters do.
In the team’s first two games, which ended in defeats to Rain or Shine (75-79) and Air21 (82-93), the 6-foot-2 Yap averaged just five points on a horrifying two-of-24 shooting from the field (8.3 percent) combined, with no shots made in seven attempts beyond the arc.
Yap, however, insisted he won't let himself be affected by the poor, poor start, saying he’ll just have to maintain that “shooter’s mentality” as he tries to get his shooting confidence back from Wednesday onwards.
“The more kasi na iisipin ko yan (shooting slump), the more lang na mapapasama ako,” Yap told Spin.ph on the eve of the team’s game against Glolbalport.
Yap said he has been in this kind of a situation before, especially last conference when he battled a back problem.
“Wala talaga eh, ayaw pumasok. Pero ganun talaga, bawi na lang. Di ko naman gustong mag-miss eh,” added the former University of the East Red Warrior star.
The 31-year-old Yap acknowledges that their hard-working import Marqus Blakely needs all the help he can get for San Mig to gain some momentum in the season-ending conference.
“Maganda talaga ang nilalaro ng import namin. Kami (locals) na lang talaga ang kailangan tumulong. Siyempre, pangit ang shooting eh,” he said.
The 6-4 Blakely has been doing it all for the Mixers, averaging 31.5 points and 22.5 rebounds. His lone Achilles heel is his free-throw shooting, averaging an atrocious 33 percent (15-of-45).