Player of the Week May 3 to 9

JAMES Yap’s power of recovery is really notable.

The one-time MVP showed this incredible trait when he flashed his old fiery form in back-to-back games to lead B-Meg Derby Ace to two straight wins and back into the upper tiers of the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference.

Shrugging off the usually tiring effects of participating in the campaign sorties of his brother-in-law, Yap averaged 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in the Llamados’ victories over Rain or Shine and Barangay Ginebra to earn the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honors for the period May 3 to 9.

Those twin triumphs lodged Derby Ace into third-running spot with a 5-3 win-loss record, just behind 8-1 San Miguel Beer and 6-2 Talk N Text.

To see his most prized player come out with his Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference-earning form is enough for coach Ryan Gregorio, who had praised his team’s continuing splendid efforts on the defensive end but, in as many times, also bewailed their shallowness on offense.

“It is a relief to see him play his usual game,” said Gregorio of Yap, who went into the week averaging just 15.3 points on a measly 32.2 percent field goal shooting.

“I am impressed with the way he was able to focus amidst all the distractions. He scored well in our last two games and resulted to nice victories against quality opponents,” Gregorio added.

The legs absent in Yap’s earlier games in the tournament first sprang back into life when Derby Ace bounced back from a 72-80 loss to SMB the Sunday before with a 75-67 win over RoS last Wedesday.

Yap  led all scorers with 20 points on 8-for-19 field shooting against the Elasto Painters, before following that up with a game high-tying 17 points, on 6-for-15 field conversion, in a 95-82 victory against the Kings.

Now that the elections are done with, Gregorio is hoping Yap will continue his hot shooting and keep providing the Llamados the much-needed points as they step up their drive for a playoff spot.

“I am glad the campaign is over. Now he can focus all his attention and energy to the game,” said Gregorio. (NC)