Blackwater Elite 90
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 99

Yap says Elasto Painters need to stick to system, move the ball



After Rain or Shine missed another chance to advance to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, James Yap rued his team’s poor execution in the 82-72 defeat to Meralco on Friday.

“We’re shooting forced shots,” he said. “We have to move the ball because that’s our system – not just shoot it on the first pass.”

The Elasto Painters’ lackluster demeanor showed in the game, as they fell behind by as much as 16, 77-61, in the fourth after shooting a measly 31-percent from the field.

It was a sorry defeat for Rain or Shine and Yap, who had his best scoring output in a Elasto Painters’ jersey with 17 points on a 7-of-14 clip, alongside four rebounds and three assists.

The two-time PBA Most Valuable Player admitted that the Elasto Painters may still be feeling the effects of their heartbreaking 107-101 defeat to San Miguel last Friday, affecting the team’s collective psyche.

“Actually, it’s on us. But we can’t do anything about it. We should have bounced back here but we weren’t able to rebound,” he said.

However, Yap is still looking at the bigger picture with Rain or Shine left with several chances to formally enter the playoffs–first against GlobalPort on January 29 then against Alaska three days after.

“What’s crucial here is we’re still not sure of the quarterfinals. If we lose two straight, we may be facing a playoff or even be eliminated. So our last two games are really crucial for us.”

“For us, we just have to take it one game at a time.”

Follow Us

Other Stories:

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

Copyright © , PBA

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate: c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94

Click Here for Lyrics