Star Hotshots superstar James Yap was on his way to his best offensive game in recent years until tragedy struck the former MVP.
Yap, who had a sizzling start with 17 first half points, left the game with still 3:50 remaining in the third canto with a calf strain injury.
“Nung nasa halfcourt ako, pinasa sa akin ‘yung bola tapos patakbo na ako nang biglang pumutok,” said Yap recalling the moment he felt something popped.
‘Nung nangyari yun, nag-pop, pumutok. Sabi ko, wala na. ‘Di na ako nakagalaw. Masakit siyempre na nasa bench lang ako, ‘di ako nakatulong. Bounce back na lang. Sana hindi ganun ka-grabe,” he added.
The 34-year old Hotshots superstar left the game with still 3:50 left to play in the third quarter, with his team in a bind trailing by huge 20-point deficit.
“Malungkot (lang) kasi first time ko maka-feel ng ganito. Medyo malala,” Yap said.
“Masarap na sana, ang sarap na ng feeling eh. Pero wala, ganun talaga ang basketball. Hindi mo alam kung ano ang mangyayari,” added Yap, who was scorching hot in the first quarter pouring in 15 points.
The severity of injury prevented him from returning for the remainder of the game.
“Tinanong niya ako (coach Jason Webb) kung kaya ko pero sinabi ko talaga na ‘di ko kaya. Kasi ako naman, hangga’t kaya ko ilalaro ko,” Yap said.
Yap is already scheduled to see Dr. Raul Canlas on Tuesday morning to know the extent of the injury. – By Alder Almo
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