The Ninja, Joseph Yeo explodes for 27 points as Petron Blaze Boosters nips Alaska Aces at Lapu-lapu Cebu last night.
Playing extended minutes in the absence of Chris Lutz, Joseph Yeo rose up and led
Petron Blaze’s drive back on track with an 86-80 win over the Alaska Aces in a PBA Philippine Cup
out-of-town game at the Hoops Dome here Saturday night.
The second-string off guard came through with a personal season high of 27 points that went with
nine rebounds, providing the impetus as the Boosters recovered from back-to-back losses to the
Meralco Bolts and the Talk n Text Tropang Texters.
Yeo fired 13 points right in the first quarter then after taking a rest in the second period,
returned firing again, making the big difference as the Boosters nailed a fourth win against three
Petron broke free from a three-way logjam at fifth with Powerade and Barangay Ginebra while Alaska
went deeper down at ninth place with a 1-6 card.
The Aces mounted a rally from a 12-point deficit in the last five minutes but ran out of ammo in the
end, failing to make a follow-up on their win over the Barako Bull Energy the last time out.
LA Tenorio, Sonny Thoss, Cyrus Baguio and Mac Baracael joined forces in a searing attack that had
the Aces coming back close at 80-82.
Yeo, however, won’t let his exploits go down the drain.
The former La Salle Archer himself scuttled the Aces’ bid by breaking Tony dela Cruz’s defense
for a drive-in basket that gave Petron a four-point lead at 84-80 with time down to 34 seconds.
Arwind Santos, Denok Miranda and Alex Cabagnot had significant contributions as the Boosters hurdled
the Aces in the Lapu Lapu stop of the Phoenix Fuel PBA on Tour.
Santos, Miranda and Cabagnot chipped in at least 13 points each and had exciting moves sending the
Lapu Lapu crowd rocking.
The PBA drew an overflowing crowd in its first visit in the four-month-old playing venue located in
the heart of Mactan island.
The Boosters helped one another in a good defensive job at the finish, holding the Aces scoreless in
the last 1:35 or after Alaska came within two at 80-82.
The Aces missed four field goal attempts in the last 30 seconds.
As Tenorio muffed a lay-up and Thoss missed a tip-in in their final possession, Alaska coach Joel
Banal raised hell, venting his ire on the refs. (SB)
Petron 86 – Yeo 27, Santos 19, Cabagnot 15, Miranda 13, Ildefonso 6, Agustin 2, Baclao 2, Reyes 2,
Sharma 0, Doruelo 0.
Alaska 80 – Thoss 19, Reyes 15, Baguio 14, Baracael 13, Tenorio 8, dela Cruz 5, Cablay 4, Salamat 2,