Vintage James Yap powers Rain or Shine to the Semis

1. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 103 – 8. GlobalPort Batang Pier 97 (Rain or Shine advances to the Semifinals)

James Yap is on a roll. Coming off a 16-point performance in their last loss to the GlobalPort Batang Pier, he fired off his highest point total in two years to lead the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to the Semifinals. Yap scored 27 points, matching a career-high seven three-pointers to lead the Elasto Painters in their do-or-die game against the Batang Pier.

Yap started off the game with a nifty drive to the hoop showing off one of his million moves. He added a three-pointer to lead the Elasto Painters to an early advantage. But the Batang Pier hung tough and roared back into the game to take the lead in the second period. Yap started to catch fire in the final minutes of the first half when he nailed a turnaround jumper and added a three-pointer to help push Rain or Shine back on top by eight points heading into halftime.

GlobalPort tried to cut the lead as much as they could in the third period but Reggie Johnson, Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan and Chris Tiu all hit timely buckets to keep Rain or Shine ahead. In the fourth period, Yap scored two three-pointers in a run by Rain or Shine to extend their lead to 16 points. Yap’s trey from the right wing gave the Elasto Painters their biggest lead of the game. GlobalPort got to as close as four points in a last gasp 9-2 run in the final two minutes. But they couldn’t overcome the big deficit early in the final period as Rain or Shine escaped with the win.