It took close to eight years for Joseph Yeo to get back to his scoring mentality, something he has long been known for since his college days at De La Salle University.
The 6-foot-1 Yeo was at his scoring element Wednesday night, firing 37 points, spiked by nine triples as GlobalPort registered a runaway 139-126 demolition of the woeful Blackwater Elite at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
The Batang Pier, already out of playoff contention, closed out their PBA Governors Cup campaign with a winning note for a 4-7 win-loss record.
Yeo was candid enough to admit that he would have aimed to score 40 points to surpass his career-high 38, which he established on November 19, 2008 as a young Sta. Lucia guard.
“Hinahabol ko nga, gusto ko sana mag-40 pero okay lang. Basta panalo. So kahit papaano maganda yung tapos ng team namin. At least yun yung naalala nila kaysa matalo pa kami,” Yeo said after the game.
But more than just making another individual record, the “Ninja” wished the team won’t make any player movements as the Batang Pier head to the off season.
For one, the outspoken GlobalPort guard feels the usual revolving door of the four-year-old franchise makes it difficult for the team to create consistency on both ends of the floor.
“May mga positives naman sa conference na ito, like nag-three-game winning streak kami sa mga malalakas na teams. Pero yung pagiging consistent lang talaga, sana maging consistent kami,” stressed the 33-year-old scoring guard.
“If we wish to stick in this line up, I think next conference probably we’re gonna make it to the playoffs. Kasi every conference, palit kami ng palit, ang hirap ng ganun. Mahirap mag-jell so sana magstick pa rin sa ganitong line-up.”
Yeo said as management and coaching staff discuss the team’s next move, he believes GlobalPort has a very good foundation to build on through the guard tandem of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle.
The Batang Pier also have veteran bigs like Doug Kramer, Jay Washington and Billy Mamaril to rely, leaving them with some space to add some role players.
“Siguro makakuha kami ng mga role players kasi ang daming scorer, walang role player,” he said.
“May nagsa-sacrifice dapat sa team kasi yun yung mga kailangan namin.” – Richard Dy
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