first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments HK club ends SMB-Alab’s 7-game run MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title James Yap (right) has been having a rejuvenation of sorts, towing Rain or Shine to the lead. —Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine got what it wanted going into a midconference break in the PBA Philippine Cup. James Yap, the veteran former MVP, is having a career rejuvenation of sorts.Can’t blame Elasto Painters coach Caloy Garcia for aiming higher right now.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Before beating Magnolia, Rain or Shine also outlasted erstwhile leader Phoenix.“I like it,” he said of the intense contests. “Come playoffs, we’ll be used to all of it.”It was doubly sweet for Yap, who came up strong against the team he powered to a Grand Slam in 2014. He was eventually traded to Rain or Shine and hasn’t quite made his mark until this conference, where he has been reliving his MVP form.But the Painters know Yap cannot do it alone.“We just have to trust each other,” Garcia added.The Painters resume their Philippine Cup campaign against TNT KaTropa on March 3 at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Garcia and Yap have always rued about missing the playoffs in the third conference last season—a bitter taste they keep in their mouths for motivation to reach for loftier goals.“We’d want an advantage going into the next round,” said Garcia, whose squad improved to 7-1—the best record in the league—after their conquest of the Hotshots.The top two teams at the end of the elimination round are assured of a twice-to-beat bonus in the playoffs, an incentive that Garcia feels they can achieve if they can stretch their run of solid performances.“If we want to make it far, we have to be consistent,” he said. “Basically, [we] played well [on Wednesday]. But I think we could have done better.”Yap, who made the pivotal play in a nip-and-tuck endgame duel  against the Hotshots, feels like Rain or Shine’s recent clutch performances will sharpen the team up for brutal playoff wars.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Our target now is try to make it to the Top 2,” he said shortly after Rain or Shine survived last season’s Governors Cup champion Magnolia, 75-74, in a clutch duel Wednesday night at MOA Arena.“Before the game, I told the players that as of now, we’re playing good…  I think we’re already assured of a quarters spot during our last game,” he said. “I think six wins will get you to the quarterfinals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe league’s chief statistician, Fidel Mangonon III, said that at least in the last four editions of the Philippine Cup, teams with six wins have made it to the playoffs.But an assurance is just that: an assurance. Moreso, just getting into the playoffs isn’t enough for the Elasto Painters anymore. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIESlast_img