MANILA – San Mig Coffee’s James Yap said he has stopped entertaining thoughts of a PBA Grand Slam and is instead focused on winning games.
This, he believes, helped them beat Talk ‘N Text in the best-of-5 semifinals series and secure the first berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.
“Thank God nakapasok kami ng Finals. May chance na magawa namin, pero di ko iniisip yun. The more na iisipin mo, the more na makakasira ng laro,” said Yap in the league’s official website following their 93-87 Game 5 win against the Tropang Texters.
San Mig Coffee has won three straight titles since last year’s Governors’ Cup. They, however, will need to win this season’s Governors’ Cup to clinch the Grand Slam.
Only 3 teams in PBA history have been able to achieve that feat. The first was Crispa in 1976 and 1983, followed by San Miguel Beer in 1989. Alaska was the last team to secure a grand slam when the Milkmen, then led by Tim Cone, won all three conference titles in 1996.
“Ako personally, ‘di ko iniisip yun. Di ko inisip sa game na to na ‘pag natalo, ang sakit. Basta laro lang kami. Bahala na kung anong mangyayari,” said Yap, who scored 25 points on 5-of-9 three-point shooting against Talk ‘N Text on Friday.
Despite leading the team in scoring, Yap insisted that defense will be the cornerstone of their game.
The Coffee Mixers will be playing against the winner between Alaska and Rain or Shine, who are still battling it out in the other semifinals.
“Basta laging nasa isip ko, kung di man ako makatulong sa offense, sa defense ako tutulong,” said Yap.
“Kumbaga, yun naman yung first option namin talaga – defense talaga. Kasi pag di ako dumedepensa, nilalabas ako ni coach eh.”