James “Big Game” Yap finally earned his 10,000 points during the Rain or Shine versus Meralco Bolts in Ynares Centre.
Two Elasto Painters games ago, Yap had the opportunity to reach the elusive milestone when he launched a supposed to be game winning three-point shot.
Unfortunately, that dramatic shot didn’t fell under the basket and needed one more game to secure his membership to the elite group.
During the Meralco game, James again had an open three-point jumper in the first half but the result was the same as what happen in NLEX game.
However, in the 51.4 seconds mark of the third quarter finally the player hailed from Escalante City sank a corner long distance shot. Mike Tolomia made it possible as he passed the ball to the former two-time MVP.
Yap will join Atoy Co, Mon Fernandez, Bogs Adornado, Francis Arnaiz, Philip Cesar, Abet Guidaben, Sonny Jaworski, Allan Caidic, Alvin Patrimonio, Jojo Lastimosa, Nelson Asaytono, Benjie Paras and Jerry Codiñera in the 10,000 points club.
Also, coach Norman Black is part of that list and the only PBA import able to reach the milestone.
Congratulations, 'Big Game' James!
— PBA (@pbaconnect) July 29, 2017
The last local player who accomplished the 10,000 points mark was Jerry Codiñera back in 2001.
“I never really imagined myself getting all these awards,” said the Rain or Shine guard, whose memorable evening got spoiled after Jared Dillinger and the rest of the Bolts came away with an 89-73 victory at Ynares Center in Antipolo.