Star Hotshots hold breath as in-form James Yap suffers right calf strain 
Star gunner James Yap is reduced into a spectator in the final quarter. Jerome Ascano

STAR fans are holding their breath as James Yap suffered a right calf strain in the Hotshots’ 117-98 loss to San Miguel Beer in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night.

The Hotshots superstar was having his best-scoring game of the conference with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting when he had to go out late in the third quarter after hearing something pop on his calf in a self-sustained injury.

“May bigla na lang pumutok,” Yap recounted after the game. “Masarap na sana feeling (sa laro), pero ganun talaga ang basketball eh.”

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“Malungkot lang dahil first time ako maka-feel ng ganito na medyo malala,” added the two-time MVP, who will have his injury checked out on Monday morning by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas.

Yap went out with a little less than four minutes left in the third quarter and never returned, reduced to spectator with an ice pack on his calf.

It was a double whammy for the Hotshots, whose three-game win streak was snapped as they dropped to 4-5 win-loss slate.

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