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    Patience the key as misfiring Yap looks to bounce back

    Jul 23, 2012
    B-Meg star James Yap went  8-of-23 clip from the field -- and 1-for-8 from beyond the three-point arc -- in the Game One loss to Rain or Shine. Jerome Ascano

    FORMER MVP James Yap has vowed to be more patient with his shots as he and B-Meg look to bounce back against Rain or Shine in Game Two of the PBA Governors Cup Finals on Wednesday.

    Although he led the Llamados with 19 points, the B-Meg superstar was a horrific 8-of-23 clip from the field -- including a sorry 1-for-8 from beyond the three-point arc -- in the series opener which the Llamados lost, 91-80. He also went just 2-for-6 from the free-throw line.

    Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao rotated a slew of defenders on the two-time league MVP, with Ronjay Buenafe, Jireh Ibañes, and Ryan Araña taking their turns in trying to shackle Yap. 

    But the pride of Escalante, Negros Occidental said it's not much the Painters’ defense but the manner in which he rushed his shots that led to the poor shooting show.

    “Masyado ako nagmamadali, natatakam sa mga tira,” Yap admitted.

    The shooting guard out of University of the East  promised things will be different in Game Two as the Llamados try to even the best-of-seven series.

    “Game One lang yun. Alam ko na gagawin ko next game,” said Yap, the Finals MVP when the Llamados won their first title under Tim Cone in the Commissioner's Cup.

    As a team, Yap also believes the Llamados should be able to adjust to the Painters’ highly physical approach.

    “Rain or Shine is a very physical team,” Yap said. “We need to adapt to that kind of game.”

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    B-Meg star James Yap went  8-of-23 clip from the field -- and 1-for-8 from beyond the three-point arc -- in the Game One loss to Rain or Shine. Jerome Ascano
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