Cone explains why Yap is Finals MVP

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2014 07:28 PM | Updated as of May 17 2014 03:28 AM

MANILA – San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone is all praises for two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) James Yap, who made his mark in their best-of-five PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals against Talk ‘N Text.

Cone said the 6’3” shooting guard, who averaged 11.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in the title series, made the shots when it mattered most.

“James is James, and he’ll always send you strong reminders of who he is,” said Cone in the PBA website shortly after winning his 17th PBA title.

It was “Big Game James’” fade away shot in the final seconds that pulled the Mixers to a Game Three victory plus a commanding 2-1 series lead for San Mig Coffee.

In Game Four, it was his dagger three in the last 5:58 that instigated San Mig Coffee’s furious run versus Talk ‘N Text in the final game of the series.

He followed this up with another triple that gave the Mixers a 93-89 lead over the Tropang Texters. San Mig Coffee never looked back after that.

“That was the shot of the day that broke Talk ‘N Text’s back,” Cone said.

For his game-deciding shots, he became the unanimous choice to become the 2014 Holcim Cement PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals MVP.

Yap, on Thursday, thanked his team mates for supporting him despite his off-nights. He said their support never wavered until the final buzzer.

He also saluted San Mig Coffee's fans for their support.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga teammates ko kasi talagang nandyan sila para sa akin, ine-encourage ako pag off night ako at patuloy akong pinagkatiwalaan,” Yap said. “Nagpapasalamat din ako sa mga fans dahil wala kami ngayon dito kung di dahil sa suporta ninyo.”