Yap’s vintage form propels Rain or Shine to set semis clash vs Ginebra
By Mark Patriarca
The two-time MVP James Yap showed doubters that he still is “Big Game” as he led Rain or Shine to key victory against GlobalPort, 103-97, in their do-or-die quarterfinals game in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Yap waxed hot all throughout scoring 27 big points, including seven made threes.
Coming from a sorry loss in their first game, Yap and company weathered a Batang Pier comeback when their 11 point lead in the fourth was cut down to just four, 101-97, with 1:39 time left.
Fortunately, GlobalPort started to fire blanks, with Norwood’s last second free-throw conversions sealed their fate for a first semifinals appearance under coach Caloy Garcia.
Aside from Yap, Elastopainters got additional help from import Reggie Jackson with double-double figures of 29 markers and 15 rebounds; and fellow big man Raymond Almazan with 16 points.
GlobalPort relied heavily on Stanley Pringle’s 23 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Malcolm White will end this season’s stint garnering 12 points and 11 rebounds.
With the win, the semifinals cast is finally complete.
San Miguel and Alaska is set to face off for a rematch of their 2016 All-Filipino conference.
Rain or Shine will battle league’s hottest team, Ginebra San Miguel in a best-of-five series which will start on July 14, Saturday, 6:30 pm at Mall of Asia Arena.