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No holiday break for off James Yap

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So far, James Yap has been struggling to find his groove in the first two games of the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup.

Yap, who is part of the uber-exclusive 10K club, could not get his shot to go in during the first two games of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, going a combined 2-for-15 from the field. The 35-year-old went 0-for-3 in 10 minutes of action in Rain or Shine’s 82-79 win over the TNT Katropa last December 22 while going an awful 2-for-12 from the field for five markers in 15 minutes Friday evening in their loss to the Blackwater Elite.

Admittedly, the 14-year league veteran shared that he has yet to find his game-form.

“Bukas palang magsimula ang bakasyon namin so focus muna, pakundisyon muna medyo out of shape pa,” the 6-foot-3 gunner shared. “Siguro pangwalo ko na na practice sa team. Kulang pa.

“Wala pa masyadong timing.”

Though getting the minutes, the native of Escalante, Negros Occidental rued that he is letting his team down when he is on the floor. With this slump, Yap is noting the things he needs to work out on — giving a positive spin to a disappointing campaign so far.

“Okay naman. Ginamit naman ako ni coach pero wala pa sa timing. Masama,” the seven-time champion added. “Feeling ko sobrang sama talaga ng laro ko. Ganun talaga, pag masama abg laro isipin mo dapat kung ano yung kulang, dagdagan ang conditioning at kalimutan na to.

“Kasi kung lagi mong iisipin to, hindi siya makakatulong.”

And his regimen will begin by avoiding the temptation of food on New Year’s eve.

“Hindi lang magpapabaya, huwag lang kumain ng kumain ng lechon, at tuloy lang ang workout.”

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