Standouts from Bacolod star in PBA finals derby-A A +A
Monday, June 30, 2014
AFTER their face-off in the All-Filipino Cup, the San Mig Coffee Mixersare set to defend their PBA Governor’s Cup title against Rain or Shine Elasto Painters tomorrow.
Aside from their respective imports who have been performing great in this conference, the locals to be watched in this championship series are Negrenses James Yap and Jeff Chan, both Bacolod hotshots.
Yap, who hails from Escalante City, played junior basketball at Bacolod Tay Tung High School before shifting to Iloilo Chinese Commercial High School where he was recruited by University of the East under Coach Boysie Zamar.
Chan was a University of St. La Salle standout who later became the top gunner of Far Eastern University. The southpaw long tom artist was scouted by Zamar during the Unigames but Far Eastern University under Anton Montinola snatched Chan first.
In their previous face-off, Yap came out the better player after San Mig won the All-Filipino crown.
Their match-up will be revived as their respective teams aim to take an edge in Game 1. It was just ironic that Chan is with Gilas Pilipinas after Yap begged off forcing Coach Chot Reyes to tap another Bacolod pride for the spot.
Yap averages 17.5 points per game this season – shooting 39 percent from the field, 32 percent behind the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. He also registered an average of four boards a game and pair of assists per outing.
Chan only averages 10.8 points per game but has an identical shooting percentage with Yap from both the field and rainbow territory. He’s also 75 percent free throw shooter and grabs three rebounds and pair of assists per game.
For Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, whoever wins in this PBA championship will make Bacolodnons proud.
Yap’s San Mig Coffee secured the finals’ berth with a 3-2 win over Talk ‘n Text Tropang Texters while Chan’s ROS Elasto Painters survived Alaska Aces, 3-2. (HGD)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 30, 2014.