New lease of life: Joseph Yeo earns playing time back in reunion with Franz Pumaren

With former La Salle coach Franz Pumaren acting as active consultant in the GlobalPort squad, comebacking Joseph Yeo relishes the opportunity to get his playing time back this conference.

Coming off a minor ankle injury, Yeo played a grand total of 35 minutes in his first appearance in a Batang Pier uniform this conference, scoring 11 points off the bench in their heartbreaking defeat to Star Hotshots on Sunday night.

“Yung player nandyan na yan pero sa coach talaga yung buhay mo, kahit kung gaano kagaling, kung di ka naman gagamitin,” Yeo told FOX Sports.

The 32-year old La Salle product saw his minutes diminished after getting traded to GlobalPort with former head coach Pido Jarencio opting to use his younger guards. ┬áJust when he thought that he’s done playing for GlobalPort, the wave of coaching change gave him a new lease of life.

Now that his college coach is actively involved in the Batang Pier’s coaching, ‘The Ninja’ feels he can now thrive in the rotation.

“At least alam niya na yung laro ko, yung tiwala nandyan na,” said ‘The Ninja’ of Pumaren, who also handled him when he was with Air21.

It was another UAAP throwback to remember aside from the fiery showdown between ex-FEU stars RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo as Pumaren and Yeo relived their glory days in La Salle, this time, in the professional ranks.

“Yung style niya, alam ko na, very comfortable ako, sumusunod lang naman ako sa pinapagawa niya,” said the 6-foot-1 guard known for his slashing ability.

The reunion, though, turned out not so well with teammate Stanley Pringle slapped with a deliberate foul and his final heave to send the game to double overtime went off the mark.

“Sayang lang, breaks of the game lang talaga. Sayang lang, yung last call parang yung nag-decide nung game kaya nakakainis pero ganun talaga, judgment [call] nila yun kailangan nating tanggapin,” said the former Archer. – By Jason Mercene

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