James Yap not bothered by fourth-quarter benching, says series far from over
James Yap finished with 11 points in Game Three but was curiously benched by Purefoods coach Tim Cone in the fourth quarter. Jerome Ascano

PUREFOODS has lost a second successive game to Talk 'N Text to fall behind 1-2, but Hotshots superstar James Yap insisted the series PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinal series is far from over.

“Hindi pa naman tapos ang series eh. Basta wala ng time magsisihan. Kalimutan na itong game na ito and then, focus na sa next game,” said Yap after the 107-111 loss to the Texters in Game Three on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-2 Yap finished the game with 11 points but was curiously benched in the fourth quarter, something the two-time MVP readily dismissed as a 'coaching decision' on the part of Tim Cone.

Yap later admitted the Hotshots made some defensive lapses which allowed the Tropang Texters to get some open looks from beyond the arc.

Talk ‘N Text took advantage of those lapses as the team shot five of its series-high 14 three-pointers in the final quarter to pull away and grab a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

“May mga lapses sa defense. Although nandun naman ang defense namin pero kulang lang. Kailangan dagdagan 'yung effort namin sa Game Four," said Yap.

The Tropang Texters shot the lights out in Game Three after going 14-of-22 from the three-point zone for a scorching 64 percent.

Yap said anytime the Tropang Texters shoot that well, they will be tough to beat.

“Ganun naman ang strength nila. Kailangan talaga depensahan yung three. Dun sila magaling talaga. Di mo sila matatalo pag maganda shooting nila,” said the 33-year-old Yap.

The Purefoods top gunner also paid tribute to Talk ‘N Text combo guard Jayson Castro for his game-long exploits.

“Si Jayson naman ganun na role niya sa team. Siya yung driver sa kotse. Pasahero yung iba saka siya ang nagki-create ng play sa kanila,” he said.

“Once maganda yung laro niya, ginaganahan yung ibang temamates niya.”

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