Purefoods star James Yap insists he did his best despite firing blanks in Game Four loss
James Yap and teammate Marc Pingris a picture of disappointment after the loss. Jerome Ascano

JAMES Yap insisted he left it all out on the court in Purefoods’ 79-66 loss to Talk ‘N Text in Game Four of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series on Saturday that ended their campaign in the midseason tournament.

The Hotshots superstar seemed a non-factor as he contributed a measly two points on 1-of-8 shooting in 28 minutes. It was his second-lowest scoring output this conference and the first time he failed to score in twin digits in seven games.

“Ginawa ko naman best ko,” Yap, who had four boards and one assist, told Spin.ph after the game. “Wala akong pakialam (kung ano isipin ng iba), basta alam ko sa sarili ko, ginawa ko yung best.”

Yap also stressed his benching in the fourth quarter of Game Three, where he finished with 11 points in 25 minutes, had nothing to do with his poor performance in the succeeding game.

“Hindi naman (naka-apekto),” the former league MVP said. “Maganda rin talaga yung game plan nila on defense.”

Aaron Aban and Larry Fonacier took turns in defending Yap, who played seven minutes in the payoff period this time, but still proved ineffective as he missed all his three attempts, including a point-blank bank shot.

Even Denzel Bowles was non-existent in the fourth canto where the Purefoods import scored just one point as he missed both his shots after scoring 13 in the first three quarters. He declined to grant an interview after the match.

Yap conceded Jayson Castro’s endgame explosion spelled the biggest difference.

“Fourth quarter, ganda ng laro ni Jayson,” the 33-year-old shooting guard said. “Siguro para sa kanila lang talaga.”

“So kalimutan na lang ‘to at move on na lang.”

Follow the writer on Twitter: @KarloSacamos