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    We gave it our best shot, says proud James

    Aug 5, 2012
    James Yap, pictured being guarded by Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood, tried to carry the fight for B-Meg after import Marcus Blakely left the game on fouls in the final quarter. Jerome Ascano

    LIKE a true gentleman, B-Meg superstar James Yap admitted Rain or Shine was destined to win the PBA Governors Cup Finals.

    Yap topscored for 23 points and had five rebounds in Sunday's do-or-die encounter, but that was not enough to propel the Llamados to a second straight conference championship as they lost to the Elasto Painters, 83-76.

    “Siguro para sa kanila talaga `yun,” the two-time league MVP said as he made his way out of the Big Dome.

    “Wala namang pagsisisi, alam naman namin binigay namin `yung best. Ganyan talaga ang basketball. May nananalo, may natatalo,” Yap added.

    B-Meg import Marcus Blakely's early disqualification on fouls told heavily on the side of the Llamados.

    Blakely fouled out with 8:30 to go in the fourth period and B-Meg trailing, 73-67. The import finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds and covered his head with a towel just as the game clock was winding down and Rain or Shine’s bench was starting to celebrate.

    “Malaking bagay talaga yun para sa amin, kasi ilang minutes pa nung nawala siya. Siyempre import pa yun,” Yap said.

    'Big Game' James tried to carry the fight for the Llamados, but never got his team going.

    “Ganun talaga, hindi siguro ukol sa amin,” added Yap, who will try to relax in the offseason following an exhausting campaign that saw his team make the Finals in successive conferences.

    “Pahinga muna after nito. Kalimutan muna ang basketball,” he said.

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    James Yap, pictured being guarded by Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood, tried to carry the fight for B-Meg after import Marcus Blakely left the game on fouls in the final quarter. Jerome Ascano
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