James Yap x Rey Nambatac

James Yap x Rey Nambatac - Yap needs moer Playing Time

In his debut with the Blackwater Bossing during the first game of the PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup, James Yap demonstrated glimpses of his lasting brilliance, confirming Coach Jeff Cariaso’s belief that the seasoned player still had more to give. Despite a relatively brief playing time of roughly 13 minutes, Yap contributed five points on a two-for-five shooting performance. His arrival at 4:24 in the first quarter resulted in his first two points for the team, indicating a good start to his stint with Blackwater.

Coach Cariaso expressed faith in Yap’s potential to make significant contributions, highlighting his expectations for what he can provide to the squad in future games. Rey Nambatac, who led the Bossing to victory over Meralco with 27 points and a career-high ten assists, shared this opinion. Nambatac, who had previously considered Yap an idol, highlighted the need to give James Yap more playing time to demonstrate his “Big Game” talent thoroughly.

According to Nambatac, the chemistry between Yap and the squad is apparent, implying that Blackwater is an ideal environment for the veteran player to succeed. Despite Yap’s age of 42, Nambatac downplayed aging concerns, stating that Yap’s powerful three-pointer at a critical period in the game demonstrated his continuing talent and worth to the squad.

Yap’s three-pointer increased Blackwater’s advantage to 81-67, demonstrating his ability to contribute to the team’s win significantly. As the game continued, Nambatac and Meralco’s Allein Maliksi engaged in an exciting shootout, with Maliksi scoring an impressive 27 points, including 20 in the fourth period alone. Despite Maliksi’s efforts to close the difference to a single point, Nambatac eventually emerged triumphant, clinching the game for the Bossing with a pair of crucial free throws in the final seconds.

In the game’s aftermath, Nambatac expressed gratitude to Coach Jeff and his teammates for their trust and support, acknowledging their significant role in securing the victory. Overall, Yap’s debut with Blackwater, though brief, served as a testament to his enduring capabilities and the potential impact he can make with increased playing time in the upcoming games of the season.


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