JAMES Yap is keeping his fingers crossed that San Mig Super Coffee can carry over the momentum of the team’s big win over leader Barangay Ginebra into their next game in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup against tailender Air21 next week.
The Mixers stunned the Kings on Sunday night, 83-79, in a game which saw Yap churn out his second straight double-double output of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The 6-foot-2 Yap said he’s hoping the Mixers won’t fall into a sense of complacency following the stunning win as they face the lowly Express on Saturday.
“Kapag ganitong game, siyempre, mataas ang morale ng team, pero kailangan lang talaga madala namin sa next game against Air21 na nasa ibaba,” the two-time league MVP stressed.
“Eh baka naman masilat or mag-relax. May tendency kasi na kapag tinalo mo ang No. 1 team, sa next game baka easy-easy lang. Eh di naman pwede ang ganun kasi naghahabol tayo,” he added.
Yap said he continues to play through the pain due to an inflamed right elbow, but with the team’s playoff hopes now on the line, he’s doing his best to help right the ship for the Mixers.
“Merong mga movements na masakit pero ganun talaga. Kailangan daw ipahinga ito (elbow), pero wala naman akong magawa kasi tuloy-tuloy ang game at gusto ko makatulong,” he said.
The Mixers are currently tied with Globalport, Alaska, Meralco, and Barako Bull for fifth to eighth places with similar 4-7 win-loss cards.
San Mig has been on a roller-coaster ride in the all-Filipino conference, beating only teams in the lower bracket of the standings prior to its huge win against Ginebra.
Their first three victories came at the expense of Air21, Barako Bull, and Globalport.