FOR James Yap, the game-winning three-pointer he hit in Game Five of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals was his way of redeeming himself after letting San Mig Super Coffee down the previous game.
The two-time league Most Valuable Player (MVP) nailed a clutch trey in the final 13 seconds that put the Mixers in front for good on the way to a thrilling 79-76 win Saturday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, giving the Mixers a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Yap’s heroics came just days after he missed a possible game-tying three-point shot in the final play of Game Four that allowed the Gin Kings to escape with an 85-82 win.
The veteran gunner out of University of the East said he didn’t hesitate to take the shot even though he was struggling with his shooting after going just 2-of-14 from the field before the cold-blooded trey.
“Si Mark (Barroca0 ang first option. Eh na-drive ni Mark, tapos nag-collapse ang defense at na-libre ako. Wala ka namang choice kundi itira dahil libre eh,” Yap said.
The San Mig shooting guard admitted his inflamed right elbow remains a cause for concern for him, but said he still confidently took the shot without hesitation and hoped for the best.
“Gagawin ko pa rin 'yung ginagawa ko. Eh importante talaga itong game na ito. Buti nakuha namin,” added the league’s second overall pick in the 2004 rookie draft.
Yap said Sunday’s practice will require their full concentration as the Mixers try to close out the series on Monday (Game Six) and avoid playing a rubber match against the Kings on Wednesday.
“Crucial ang practice bukas. Saka siyempre, ang semis is more on mental eh. Physical, eh kundisyon na lahat. So kung sino na lang maka-adjust ng maaga,” he added.