first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion James Yap provides calming presence for Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESJames Yap has been in the league for quite a while that he’s no stranger to the rigors of a season’s first game.“During first games, in my experience, everyone is just too eager to play,” he told reporters in Filipino on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In the season-ending Governors’ Cup, the Elastopainters were simply out of their groove and finished 10th in the standings.“Momentum is important,” Yap said. “Everyone’s so eager to play, I’m just glad we were able to correct it, and absorb the pressure.”“Fortunately everybody played as a team,” he closed.Rain or Shine is set to face Barangay Ginebra in an out-of-town affair next week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img MOST READ So he took over. On all levels.Not only did he figure as a much-needed senior presence for an ElastoPainters side that just lost Chris Tiu to retirement, Yap provided the scoring blueprint as well, pouring 20 points—nine of which, came in succession from distance—to lead his team to their first win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsYap ended the affair as the team’s best scorer while adding three assists to his stat line.“I just keep myself ready at all times,” said the 36-year-old Yap. “I always condition myself. Before practices, I do plyometrics. Coach (Caloy Garcia) told me that I should be ready this conference.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA memo won’t stop Arwind Santos from pulling off his Spiderman dunk again “That lingered in my head, in a way I’m thrilled. It came from coach himself,” he added.Aside from his mentor’s remark, Yap said he is motivated with the focus he’s seeing from his teammates.“We got the boot last conference, and we couldn’t forget about it,” he said. “Every practice, I can see everyone is focused because they want to redeem themselves.“We all know what it feels like to fall short, to not make it to the quarterfinals,” he said.Yap’s last team-best performance came in July last year when he helped push Rain or Shine past GlobalPort and arrange to a semifinal duel against Barangay Ginebra in the mid-season conference. He had 27 in that game.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img

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