JOSEPH Yeo has been with Barako Bull less than three weeks, but it’s enough for him to see the potential his new PBA team has.
The veteran wingman continued to show how he has fit perfectly in a short period of time with the Energy after putting up a spectacular showing to help his team sustain its surprising start in the Governors’ Cup with a 105-99 win over Meralco on Sunday.
Yeo, abruptly traded from Ginebra a day before the start of the season-ending conference, registered a season-high 28 points built around five three-pointers, on top of six assists, and two boards in 30 minutes off the bench as the Energy remained unbeaten after four outings.
“This team, there’s a big potential,” the 31-year-old guard/forward said. “Madaming mga bata na talagang pwede gumawa dito. Isa na nga ako sa mga vet dito.”
But Yeo is quick to temper expectations, saying the Energy have yet to prove anything despite enjoying their view on top of the 12-team standings.
“Ayaw ko naman sabihin na contender kami, kasi syempre elimination lang ‘yan eh,” he said. “Hindi mo naman kasi masasabi, ‘di ba? Hindi pa namin nakakalaban yung ibang malalakas na teams.”
At least, he has been jelling with his new teammates. What also helped keep the Energy’s unbeaten start was their long preparation against the Bolts after last playing on May 15 when they stunned Commissioner’s Cup champion Talk ‘N Text with a 100-87 decision.
“Mga teammates ko, mas nakakasundo ko na sila,” Yeo said. “At matagal rin naman yung preparation namin sa Meralco.”
It was a gradual offensive improvement for Yeo, who scored three, eight, and 12 points in his first three games with the league leaders after being with the Kings for two conferences.
“Hindi ko alam ano i-e-expect kasi nagpe-prepare ako for Ginebra ‘nun tapos biglang nangyari. Pero kahit papaano, naka-move on na ko.”
Yeo was consistent all-game long, especially when it mattered most as he led the Energy’s final push by firing 11 in the payoff period to help keep the Bolts at bay.
“Joseph was fantastic,” Energy coach Koy Banal said. “I’m so thankful that Joseph Yeo went to us. When I found out that Joseph was going to be traded to us, wala ng isip-isip, go agad.”