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James Yap no regrets over missed game-tying 3 in Game 4 loss

/ 05:42 PM April 23, 2019
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James Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—James Yap has made a career out of making clutch shots.

That’s why the Rain or Shine swingman won’t lose any sleep over a missed attempt in the final seconds of Game 4 of the Philippine Cup semifinals against Magnolia on Monday.

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“I have no regrets in my mind right now knowing I took a good shot which I’m not going to take back even if it missed,” Yap said in Filipino after a 94-91 loss that tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

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Yap hit the back iron on his potential game-tying 3-pointer as time ran out before sinking one from almost the same spot seconds earlier that made it a three-point game.

The 37-year-old Yap may have missed the biggest shot of the game but the Elasto Painters wouldn’t have been in the thick of things had it not been for the two-time MVP.

The 6-foot-3 Yap spearheaded his team’s fightback from 21 points down by firing 10 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter.

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His Game 4 performance also ended his scoring slump in the series.

“I realized I was too eager in the first three games. It’s like every time I get the ball, I wanted to score right away instead of just letting the game come to me,” Yap said of his adjustments in Game 4.

“For this game, I just relaxed myself and allowed the game come to me and it’s worked so far.”

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Yap hopes to sustain his play in the pivotal Game 5 on Wednesday night.

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TAGS: 2019 Philippine Cup, Game 4, James Yap, Magnolia Hotshots, PBA, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, ROS, Semifinals, semis
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