James Yap not about to get hard on Star, urges skidding Hotshots to keep on fighting
James Yap is not about to get hard on the Star Hotshots despite their woeful 1-4 record in the PBA Commissioner's Cup. Jerome Ascano

JAMES Yap pointed to foul trouble that led to his disappearing act in the second half of Star’s 92-87 loss to Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night.

The Hotshots star caught fire early by scoring eight points in the first quarter, but had to take a seat after picking up his third foul with less than a minute gone by in the second quarter.

Yap added just two points the rest of the way.

“Nung first quarter, okay naman,” he said. “Medyo naupo ako ng matagal dahil na-foul trouble ako, so medyo yung adrenaline bumaba at rhythm.”

“Bawi na lang next game,” added the former MVP, who finished with a 4-of-11 shooting clip along with two assists and one rebound in 30 minutes.

Yap insisted the Hotshots, as a unit, refused to go down without a fight as they erased an early 12-point deficit and took the Gin Kings to a see-saw battle before falling short.

“Lumaban naman kami. Breaks of the game lang,” the 34-year-old shooting guard said as his team fell to a 1-4 win-loss slate.

“Keep on fighting,” the Ilonggo cager added with a smile. “Wala kaming magagawa eh. Nandyan na 'yan, so play as a team lang talaga. Wag lang i-down yung sarili. Hindi pa naman tapos eh.”

“One game at a time lang,” he continued. “Syempre, pag isipin mo na 1-4 tapos ilan na lang yung remaining games namin, so mahirap. Kailangan isa-isa lang.”

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