James Yap's best offensive game yet for RoS goes for naught as teammates fire blanks
James Yap went 7-of-14 for the field for 17 points but Rain or Shine as a team made just 31 percent of its shots on a 26-for-84 clip. Jerome Ascano

JAMES Yap’s vintage individual offensive game failed to outweigh Rain or Shine’s offensive struggles as a unit as it bowed to Meralco, 82-72, after their PBA Philippine Cup matchup on Friday night.

Coming off his worst-scoring game of just three points in the loss to San Miguel Beer, the Elasto Painters star bounced back with his best offensive performance for his new team so far with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including two three-pointers in 24 minutes.

The E-Painters, however, hit just 26 of their 84 shots for a woeful 31 percent from the field as they dropped a second straight game to fall to a 5-4 win-loss card.

“Medyo forced shots kami,” Yap said after the game. “Kailangan i-move namin yung bola kasi ‘yun ‘yung sistema namin – kailangan umikot yung bola talaga, hindi yung one pass, tira.”

“Hindi maganda yung execution,” he added. “Kasi sa thirty-one percent, mababa talaga yun. Sana ma-correct namin ‘yun pati na rin yung defense namin. Sinasabi din sa amin na kulang pa kami ng effort sa defense.”

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Jewel Ponferrada was the only other E-Painter who shot decently, making four of his seven shots, although he missed five of his eight charities to finish as the only other RoS player in twin digits with 11 points to go with seven boards.

Asked if their six-point overtime loss to the Beermen last Friday in a game where they squandered a sizeable lead in regulation continued to haunt them, Yap said it could be possible.

“For me, wala na ‘yun. Tapos na ‘yun,” said the former league MVP, who added four boards and three assists. “Hindi ko lang alam sa ibang teammates ko. Pero baka nga meron. Actually, sa amin na ‘yun. Pero wala tayong magawa, ganyan talaga ang laro.”

The former league MVP can only look forward to a change in fortunes in the team's last two games.

“Crucial talaga ‘yung dalawang huling game na ‘to,” he added. “Kailangan for us to take just one game at a time.”

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