Frustrated Yap fires at Abueva for hitting his injured back

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James Yap vs Calvin Abueva. PBA IMAGES/Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines — San Mig Coffee swingman James Yap let his frustrations out following his team’s 67-86 defeat in Game 2 Monday night.

Yap, who is playing with a sore lower back, warned Alaska forward Calvin Abueva over what Yap claimed that his back was elbowed by Abueva at one point in the game.

“Tinira niya ako, sapul ako sa likod,” said Yap, after getting treatment on his back moments after the game.

“Gusto ko lang sabihin sa kanya na hindi tama ginagawa niya. Naiintindihan ko naman na semis e pero isipin lang naman niya yung kapwa player, nakakasakit siya. Hindi ko alam kung rookie lang ba talaga siya kaya siya ganon maglaro, rookie pa lang ba siya? So hindi tama yung ginawa niya pero naiintindihan ko yun kasi semis naman.”

Abueva, who has carried over his physical play from the NCAA to the pros, visibly got under Yap’s skin as Yap, who was even called for a technical foul early in the second quarter,  finished the game with as much fouls with five as points in 21 minutes.

The two-time MVP though, insisted that he has no problems with Abueva’s tactics being that it’s the semifinals and he expects players to be highly-physical.

“Well like I said semis na ‘to physical yung game, siguro ganon lang talaga siya maglaro,” he added with a laugh.

Yap, who also said that he will get his back, which tightened after it took a blow from Abueva, checked, didn’t like how the referees kept on buying into Abueva’s “flopping” which resulted into him getting into foul trouble early.

“Sabi ko tignan niyo muna kasi siya (Abueva) yung nauna. Wag kayong magpadala sa flop niya kasi kapag binabangga niya kami siya yung unang natutumba. Wala naman akong against sa mga referees basta ang ano ko lang tignan lang nila.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tyron.dizo Tyron Dizo

    just play your game james yap. put your bigboy pants on.

  • aristeo marvin addatu

    OA na si abueva, maglaro siya ng parehas, dun malalaman ang galing niya hindi un puro arte sa court..ito nmn mga ref kulang din sa utak..dapat ung me IQ ang ref…hay naku PBA nakakatawa na.. hay Atty salud..atty nga ba?

  • farmerson

    Di ba alam may plano ng aalis ang alaska sa PBA? Gaya ng nangyari noon sa Coca Cola . Analyze the game he..he..he.. Maraming dahilan kasi may interview. Marketing style lang yan para iinit ang laban.Manood na lang kayo ng NBA.Tingnan nyo kong paano mag officiate at maglaro ang mga professional players di larong kanto.

    • Drillon Recto

      LOL. Nabasa mo ba kung gaano katindi ang reklamo ng mga NBA players sa mga refs. Di larong kanto ha? Nakita mo kung pano tinukuran ang tuhod ni Russell Westbrook kaya nainjured at pano gumanti si Kevin Durant kay Jeremy Lin?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rico.mambo.334 Rico Mambo

    pagtalo talaga c yapyap dami dahilan,masakit likod, my injury qng anu anu pa! tanggapin m nlang n talo kau tapos!!!!

    • Drillon Recto

      Uy, fan ka ni Kris Aquino no?

  • kilabot

    buti na lang wala na si kris;
    lagot sana si abueva.

  • lolong.buwaya

    aba.. naniniko ba di sikuhin mo rin heheheh alam mo naman asar talo ang labanan pag ganyang semis na… at walang nananlo at nakaka iskor sa reklamo – tirahan naaaaa hehehehe

    • Drillon Recto

      E kung sila pa ni Kris sasabihin nun “Hoy Abueva wag ka nga maniko. Masakit ang maniko.”

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