MANILA, Philippines – Expect James Yap to deliver in the clutch.
Yap showed he is still deadly as ever by converting the game-winning three-point play in Rain or Shine’s 75-74 triumph over Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, February 13.
The Elasto Painters trailed 72-74 with under 10 seconds left before Yap curled to the top of the key and hit the game-tying one-handed floater with 5 ticks left plus the foul from Rome dela Rosa.
Yap then coolly sank the bonus free throw as Rain or Shine secured its fifth straight win and seventh overall in 8 games after Ian Sangalang muffed a potential game-winning bucket at the buzzer.
The two-time Most Valuable Player finished with a game-high 18 points to go with 5 rebounds and also drilled in a crucial triple that knotted the score at 70-all with 1:15 minutes remaining.
Dela Rosa and Beau Belga exchanged buckets for a 72-all deadlock before Paul Lee gave the Hotshots the upper hand by burying an up-and-under jumper over Gabe Norwood with 7 seconds left.
However, it didn’t take long before Yap stole the show and the win from his former team.
Maverick Ahanmisi finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists while Norbert Torres had 11 markers in the win. Raymond Almazan added 14 boards, 5 points, 3 assists and 2 blocks.
Ian Sangalang put up a monster double-double of 16 points and 18 boards but that couldn’t prevent Magnolia from remaining winless in 3 games.
Mark Barroca had 16 points, Robbie Herndon finished with 11 markers and 11 rebounds while Paul Lee finished with 10 points in the loss.
Rain or Shine 75 – Yap 18, Ahanmisi 13, Torres 11, Rosales 7, Norwood 6, Almazan 5, Belga 4, Nambatac 3, Ponferada 3, Mocon 3, Onwubere 2, Daquioag 0.
Magnolia 74 – Sangalang 16, Barroca 16, Herndon 11, Lee 10, Reavis 9, Brondial 7, Dela Rosa 2, Jalalon 2, Pascual 1, Melton 0.
Quarters: 24-14, 40-33, 55-49, 75-74.
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