JOSEPH Yeo exploded with four three-pointers in leading a blistering fourth-quarter explosion as Barangay Ginebra smashed Barako Bull, 94-75, in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Yeo, hero of Ginebra’s 89-66 whipping of reigning champion Purefoods on Sunday, reprised his role against Barako Bull after knocking in a game-high 17 points built around five three-pointers.
Second-stringers Mark Caguioa, Chris Ellis, Josh Urbiztondo and rookie Rodney Brondial also played key roles when Ginebra finally turned around a game where winless Barako led for most of three quarters.
Ellis, whose playing minutes went down following the acquisition of Yeo during the offseason, scored seven points in a murderous 19-6 exchange to turn a nine-point deficit into a 64-61 lead at the end of the third period.
Urbiztondo contributed two big assists during that stretch, including an alley-oop pass to set up a two-handed slam dunk by Ellis that got the Ginebra fans up on their feet.
Brondial also came off the bench to contribute all seven of his points, along with six rebounds, as Ginebra won for the fifth time in six starts in the season-opening conference.
Ginebra coach Jeff Cariaso said Barako Bull did a good job throwing the Gin Kings off their rhythm during the first 30 minutes of the game with the zone defense.
However, he made special mention of the 6-1 Yeo, whose fourth quarter scoring splurge spelled the biggest difference for the Kings.
“I thought especially during the first two quarters and a half, it was very difficult for us. I think they (Energy) scouted us very well,” said Cariaso.
“They knew what they need to do, but we were able to adjust, and luckily, Joseph Yeo is on our team, especially with that kind of shooting,” he added.
Mark Caguioa chipped in 15, Greg Slaughter added 14 and eight boards, Mac Baracael had 12 and Japeth Aguilar 10 as Ginebra flaunted its depth while making a season-high 32 assists.
Denok Miranda scored 19 points for Barako Bull, which fell to the bottom of the standings at 0-5 (win-loss) in the company of expansion team Blackwater.