The semi-finals series between the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters is now tied at 1-1.
James Yap won’t gain the moniker “Big Game James” for nothing. Yap torched Ginebra with his three-point bombs especially the one he made in the final few minutes of the fourth quarter.
The former two-time MVP sank a deep-three which was the dagger of the game.
He led a 12-0 RoS surge and eventually picked up their first win in the second round of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
Yap fellow Negrense and Ginebra’s sharpshooter Jeff Chan answered back with his own version of long shot and puts his team within striking distance, 100-97.
Then Norwood, Yap and Johnson had a combined effort to protect their lead as time ticking down, 104-100.
With the last minute approaches, Yap released a step-back three-pointer which he converts. That shot puts Ginebra to the ground and surrendered Game 2 as the Gin Kings unable to respond.
Yap tallied 18 points and probably his best playoff performance as a member of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
“We were down again in the first quarter but we never gave up,” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia.
“In the end we won it because we hit the big shots and we played great defense,” he added.
Reggie Johnson who is only held to a single-digit point in the first half bounced back in the final two quarters and ended with another monster game. Johnson had 20-20 output with 25 points and 20 rebounds.
In contrast, Ginebra import Justin Brownlee went on beast mode in the first half but mostly silent in the second. Brownlee still led his team in scoring with 29 points and 12 rebounds while Greg Slaughter had 20 points and eight boards.