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Three points away from 10k, Yap rues missed 3-pointer in ROS loss

It would’ve been a double celebration for James Yap on Wednesday night.

Not only did Yap have a golden opportunity to win the game for Rain or Shine against NLEX at the buzzer in the first overtime, his 3-pointer that nearly went it would’ve also given him 10,000 career points.

James Yap. FILE PHOTO/Tristan Tamayo
Instead, the Elasto Painters dropped a 122-114 decision in two overtimes and Yap, who was unaware of how near he was to reaching the milestone, was left to rue his potential game-winning triple.

“I did not know that I was that close,” Yap said in Filipino as he clicked his tongue. “I could only wish that I made it in overtime and we would’ve won and I would’ve been shocked.”

“But it didn’t happen. I wasn’t thinking about getting to 10,000 points either, I just kept playing.”

The 35-year-old Yap was three points away from becoming the first player since Jerry Codiñera in 2001 to reach 10,000 points with still 7:32 remaining in regulation, but he never scored again.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/258072/three-points-away-10k-yap-rues-missed-3-pointer-ros-loss

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