NEW boy Joseph Yeo came off the bench to provide the spark as Barangay Ginebra dealt Purefoods an 89-66 hammering on Sunday in the two rivals' first meeting in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Yeo made his first appearance in a Ginebra-Purefoods face-off a memorable one, scoring 17 points including three three-pointers in the third quarter to trigger the Kings' breakaway before a stunned crowd of 18,576 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
His uncontested fastbreak layup at the final two-minute mark left the outcome beyond doubt, 84-61, and put a fitting ending to Ginebra's first win in its last four meetings against Purefoods - and coach Jeff Cariaso's maiden victory over longtime mentor Tim Cone.
"I can breath now," said Cariaso, who lost his only meeting with Cone in last season's Governors Cup. "It feels good scoring one over Coach Tim ... and it's always going to be special.
"(But) one thing I learned from Coach Tim is adjustments, 'dun sya magaling e."
Yeo stood at the forefront of a strong showing by Ginebra's bench, with Billy Mamaril and rookie Rodney Brondial combining with Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter to dominate Purefoods' frontline.
"I wanna give credit to all the players on my team who are starting to understand on a daily basis how to be successful... everyone being a leader," said Cariaso after Ginebra's fourth win in five games this season.
"They worked hard, followed the game plan, we're very precise on our game plan and am very proud of it."
Purefoods, which fell to 1-3 (win-loss), trailed after the opening two minutes, 0-7, and spent the rest of the evening trying to make up ground.
But just after Purefoods brought the deficit down to a manageable level, Yeo hit two of his five three-pointers successively to pad Ginebra's lead to 16 points.
Slaughter collected his fifth straight double-double this season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Mamaril added 12 and 13 boards while the 6-9 Aguilar chipped in 11 and eight rebounds in a massive show of frontline firepower.
Peter June Simon led the Hotshots with 15 points, but he shot just 5-of-14 from the field overall.
Marc Pingris added 10 points and nine rebounds, while James Yap returned from a two-game absence with just seven points on a cold 2-of-14 shooting from the floor.
Ginebra 89 - Yeo 17, Slaughter 14, Baracael 13, Mamaril 12, Aguilar 11, Tenorio 7, Caguioa 7, Brondial 6, Helterbrand 2, Monfort 0, Forrester 0, Urbiztondo 0, Reyes 0, Ellis 0.
Purefoods 66 - Simon 15, Devance 11, Pingris 10, Barroca 9, Mallari 8, Yap 7, Taha 3, Melton 2, Allado 1, Reavis 0, Holstein 0, Gaco 0, Maliksi 0, Matias 0.
Quarterscores: 19-10, 38-32, 66-49, 89-66