Yap says re­jigged Gar­cia sys­tem al­lows ROS play­ers to flour­ish

Sun Star Bacolod - - Prime Sports -

JAMES Yap said it is to­tal team ef­fort, not in­di­vid­ual bril­liance, that fu­elled Rain or Shine’s hot start to the Philip­pine Cup.

The two-time league MVP scored 19 points on 6of-9 shoot­ing from three­p­oint land and hit the goa­head trey as Rain or Shine beat North­port, 107-100, on Fri­day night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Yap looked re­ju­ve­nated as he av­er­ages a team-best 16.3 points per game in Rain or Shine’s 5-1 start to the sea­son, but he was the first to in­sist that the im­pres­sive play isn’t the work of one man alone.

“Sa mga team­mates ko, tu­lun­gan kami ta­laga,” Yap said. “Hindi puwe­deng isang tao lang ang puwe­deng mag­panalo. La­hat-la­hat kami. Sayang na­man, may chance na mag-ei­ther one or two. May chance kaya tu­lun­gan kami.”

No less than six play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures against North­port, which Yap at­trib­uted to ad­just­ments made by ROS coach Caloy Gar­cia that al­lowed more play­ers to get their touches on the floor.

“Sig­uro, ‘yung sis­tema ta­laga na umi­ikot ‘yung bola, la­hat nakakatang­gap ng bola. Malak­ing bagay ‘yung nakakatang­gap ng bola. Kumpiyansa ka kung ga­nun,” said Yap.

The many-time All-star said a trip in Bahrain dur­ing the off­sea­son has deep­ened the bond for the team un­der Gar­cia.

“Malak­ing bagay din ‘yung pumunta kami ng Bahrain, nag-bond­ing kami, nakalaro namin mga (teams na may) tat­long im­ports. Bagong sis­tema, na-test­ing ‘yung sis­tema doon. Pag­dat­ing namin doon, ‘yun ang pinag­pa­prak­ti­san namin.

“Ma­ganda ‘yung flow es­pe­cially ‘yung of­fense namin. Hindi nagpa-panic la­hat. Dati, ilang con­fer­ence na nagha­habol kami o nalala­man­gan kami, ki­nakalimu­tan na ‘yung sis­tema. Ngayon, buti nagi­i­stick kami sa sis­tema.

“Kahit tam­bak kami or la­mang kami, stick to the sys­tem kami,” said Yap./spin.ph

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