DESPITE a heartbreaking overtime loss against San Mig Super Coffee, Joseph Yeo still likes Air21’s chances of landing a Top Four spot heading to the playoffs of the PBA Governors Cup.
`The Ninja' exploded for 20 points and was the one responsible for sending the game against the Mixers into overtime when he hit a difficult three-pointer in the 1.2 seconds of regulation.
But after hitting the two team’s first four points in the extra period, the shooting guard out of La Salle turned hero to goat after losing the ball while going for a drive that pretty much sealed San Mig’s 113-109 win Monday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The loss though, hardly dampened the spirit of Yeo, who believes the Express are a far better team compared to the one that played in the season-opening Philippine Cup.
“Actually ang team kasi namin better na eh. Kahit down kami, bumabalik kami,” said Yeo.
“Like last conference, parang out na talaga kami but we still keep on fighting. Eh si coach (Franz Pumaren) naman, sinasabi niya sa amin, just give him a chance to coach in the end, padikitan ang laro and see what happens in the end,” he added.
The shifty guard said pushing the reigning conference champion to the limit was a good confidence booster as the Express try to win their last two assignments for a Top Four finish in the standings that guarantees a twice-to-beat incentive in the playoffs.
“Siyempre, at least may chance, kasi tambak na kami. Eh sabi nga ni coach sa huddle, we survived (typhoon) Yolanda. Talo na tayo eh may second na buhay pa,” he said, comparing San Mig to the super typhoon that brought havoc in the Southern part of the country late last year.
At 4-3, Yeo said Air21 will just have to sweep its last two elimination round assignment starting with Globalport on Wednesday before facing San Miguel Beer on Saturday in Binan, Laguna.