LIKE a true gentleman, James Yap gives credit where credit is due.
The San Mig Coffee star and two-time MVP admitted Rain or Shine was able to carefully study his game tendencies, which he pointed out was the main reason why his offense went on a roller coaster ride in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series that ended on Thursday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Actually, pinag-aralan nila ako ng mabuti at nag-succeed sila,” said an obviously disappointed Yap inside the gloomy San Mig dugout after the Mixers were eliminated by the Elasto Painters behind a 90-83 win in Game Six.
Reports said he was nursing an injury on his feet, but Yap refused to make an issue out of it after struggling from the floor again by finishing with just six points on a paltry 2-of-15 shooting from the field in 39 minutes.
Yap said the Elasto Painters played him well defensively, taking him out of his sweet spots throughout the series.
And that’s the reason why after exploding for 36 points in a Game Two win, 106-82, the shooting guard out of University of the East suddenly went cold, scoring just six points in Game Three, 20 in Game Four, and a series low two points in Game Five.
“May halong gigil din kasi nawala `yung rhythm ko,” he said. “Pero ganyan talaga ang laro minsan, kung talo, talo. Kailangan lang matuto. Charge it to experience. Pero babawi kami next conference. Pahinga na lang muna.”