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    Joseph Yeo plays inspired ball as he's finally getting the hang of playmaking role

    Jan 8, 2014
    Air21 guard Joseph Yeo, pictured in a loose ball scramble with Talk 'N Text's Jason Castro, correctly points out he's short for a two-guard but tall for a point guard. Jerome Ascano

    DURING his college days with La Salle, Joseph Yeo played off the ball, used to just receiving passes and plugging away with attempts as the team’s star shooting guard.

    Eight years into his PBA career, the 30-year-old cager realized it’s not too bad to initiate the offense himself and involve his teammates.

    As point guard, he can still have the ball most of the time and have the chance to score.

    “Sa totoo lang, masaya maging point guard kasi hawak mo lagi yung bola,” Yeo said after Air21’s 102-100 upset of Talk ‘N Text Wednesday night in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup.

    “Kahit hindi ka-umiskor, may feel ka ng game, pero pag two-guard ka at hindi ka maka-shoot, hindi ka papasahan."

    Thrust as the Express’ de facto point guard following an injury to playmaker Simon Atkins, Yeo continued to thrive as he dished off 12 assists that went along with his 13 points and three boards.

    He also scored five points down the stretch that gave his team the lead for good at 99-97.

    Yeo is undoubtedly getting the hang of it.

    “Dahan-dahan natututunan ko na rin talaga so nagiging comfortable na ako,” he admitted. “Dati talaga hindi ako komportable.”

    “Sabi rin nila okay rin mag-point with my height. Maliit ako for a two-guard, at malaki naman ako for a point guard, so advantage for me,” the 6-foot-1 backcourt player added.

    Despite the Express (3-9) still in danger of getting booted out for a berth in the playoffs, Yeo vowed to keep playing the same way.

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    “Sa amin hindi na namin iniisip. We just play our game lagi. Kahit marami kaming heartbreaking na talo, nakikita naman nila na we always give ourselves a chance to win.”

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    Air21 guard Joseph Yeo, pictured in a loose ball scramble with Talk 'N Text's Jason Castro, correctly points out he's short for a two-guard but tall for a point guard. Jerome Ascano
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