ANTIPOLO – For once, Joseph Yeo was glad to join the GlobalPort scoring party as the Batang Pier ended its PBA season on a positive note.
Usually relying heavily on Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle, the Batang Pier found significant offensive contribution outside the explosive backcourt duo as Yeo came away with 37 points to lead his team’s 139-126 win over Blackwater on Wednesday.
“Nakaka-miss rin kasi nung bata-bata pa ako, kinakaya naman,” said the veteran shooting guard, who turned 33 last September 7. “Tapos ngayong naging teammate ko si Terrence and Stanley, siyempre ang hirap. Sa kanila yung bola kaya ang mahirap.”
“Kaya sabi ko kay Terrence, pasama naman ako ngayon (sa scoring party), kahit ngayon lang,” he added with a smile.
Romeo seemed to heed his request as Yeo, who came in averaging just 8.1 points in 22.4 minutes, breached the 30-point barrier in almost 32 minutes of play to come a point shy of his career high that he achieved way back in 2008 with defunct Sta. Lucia.
Romeo still registered 28 points while Pringle added 14 markers for the Batang Pier, who snapped a three-game skid to end their campaign with a 4-7 win-loss record.
“Basta panalo, kahit papaano maganda yung tapos ng team namin,” Romeo said. “At least 'yun yung naalala nila kaysa matalo pa kami.”
And for the Batang Pier to keep winning next season, Yeo hopes for team management to stick with the team’s potent backcourt rotation and just add more players who will do the dirty work.
“Well siguro makakuha kami ng mga role players kasi ang daming scorer, walang role player,” Yeo said. “May nagsa-sacrifice dapat sa team, yun yung mga kailangan namin.”