JAMES Yap remains high in Star coach Jason Webb’s trust ratings even after the Hotshots superstar’s uncharacteristic misses down the stretch in the team’s 97-95 win over NLEX in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday.
Yap, a decent free-throw shooter in his 11-year career, missed two late charities that gave the Road Warriors a chance to steal the game after making a comeback from 19 points down in the third quarter.
“He’s human, but he will make the next,” Webb said. “When he’s back in that situation, James will make it. We will make James get the ball and James will make it.”
“It’s not the norm, but it happens,” he added of the former league MVP.
Yap, who finished with 19 points, three assists, two boards, and one steal in 28 minutes, said his two free throws felt good upon release, only for his attempts to go wide right.
“Okay na sana eh, ang ganda ng mga lipad eh,” said the 6-foot-2 wingman, a career 72-percent free-throw shooter. “Wala, ganun talaga basketball: minsan mag-mi-miss talaga. Nangyayari talaga.”
“At least kahit papaano, nanalo kami,” he was quick to add.