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    Marc Pingris' return just the boost Yap needed to regain his confidence

    Aug 25, 2013

    JAMES Yap hopes Sunday’s explosion finally signals the end of his PBA Governors Cup shooting slump.

    The San Mig Coffee star managed to regain his confidence against a short-handed Talk ‘N Text five after firing 21 points on 8-of-13 field goal shooting to steer the Mixers to a rousing 118-99 win.

    Egged on by his ever supportive teammates, the two-time league MVP decided to keep his mind off any kind of distraction entering Sunday’s critical match up against the Tropang Texters.

    “Struggling ako sa offense pero sinusuportahan nila (Mixers) ako sa practice,” said Yap, who averaged an abysmal 8.3 percent from the field on 2-of-24 field goal shooting in the team’s first two games.

    “Masyado akong nag-hesitate sa last two games. Di ko alam kung bakit. So nilagay ko lang sa isip ko, wala nang hesitation. Once open ako ngayon, tinitira ko. Kung mintis man, wala akong magawa, mintis eh,” he added.

    The former UE Red Warrior said with big man Marc Pingris back in the lineup, he’s more confident taking the outside jumpers, knowing the 6-foot-5 San Mig bruiser is there to grab the rebounds.

    “Binigyan ako ng kumpiyansa ni Ping (Pingris) kasi sabi niya, tira lang ng tira, nandito ako to rebound,” he said.

    Yap hopes to sustain his fiery performance next Saturday when San Mig takes on pacesetter Petron at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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