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Yap looking for 3rd PBA 3-point Shootout crown


Miles Morales

James Yap will stake his Three-Point Shootout crown on Friday to kickoff the 2019 PBA All-Star Weekend at the Calasiao Sports Complex in Calasiao, Pangasinan.

The veteran gunner will face another fierce competition this year and will have to show the deadly shooting he has shown in 2018, catching fire for 24 points in the final round last year to rule the event for the second time.

Those heavily favored to give Yap a run for his own money are San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter, TNT’s Roger Pogoy, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and Blackwater’s Mike Digregorio.

Magnolia’s PJ Simon, Alaska’s Simon Enciso, NLEX’s Philip Paniamogan, NorthPort’s Robert Bolick, Columbian’s Rashawn McCarthy, Meralco’s Baser Amer and Barangay Ginebra’s Kevin Ferrer also look to make a splash.

Meanwhile, also looking to retain their titles are Phoenix’s Rey Guevarra and Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga, who reigned in the Slam Dunk Contest and Obstacle Challenge last year respectively.

Guevarra will try to soar to a record-tying 5th title against Blackwater’s Renz Palma and NorthPort’s Lervin Flores.

Meralco’s Chris Newsome will be out of the competition due to an injury. The PBA has yet to announce his replacement.

Belga, meanwhile, will be challenged by reigning five-time league MVP and San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo, NLEX’s Poy Erram, NorthPort’s Mo Tautuaa, Magnolia’s Kyle Pascual and Ginebra’s Prince Caperal.

Columbian’s Russel Escoto, Blackwater’s Reymar Jose, TNT’s Yousef Taha, Phoenix’s Justin Chua, Meralco’s Brian Faundo and Alaska’s Noy Baclao will also contend for Belga’s title.

The skills events will be followed by a clash between the mixed teams of Rookies and Sophomores against the Juniors.