29 October 2016

Joseph Yeo Joins Bolts

Joseph Yeo
Meralco Bolts knew that it needed more scoring options from its backcourt and there is only one option left to get that: trade.

Coach Norman Black wasted no time in fortifying the team's line-up by acquiring veteran acquired gunner Joseph Yeo from Globalport in exchange for seldom-used Rey Gueverra.

The trade was proposed last 28 October, but the papers have yet to reach the Commissioner’s Office. With no major issues involved, the agreement will most like be approved.

The move was the first bold step undertaken by Meralco in the offseason following its runner-up finish to Barangay Ginebra Kings in the season-ending Governors Cup.

Yeo has long been rumored on the way out of the Batang Pier since early in the Commissioner’s Cup when then coach Pido Jarencio inexplicably benched him for two straight games.

But everything died down when Franz Pumaren came to the team during the season-ending Governors Cup as consultant. Pumaren was Yeo’s coach in college at De La Salle,

The ten-year veteran was drafted third overall by the defunct Coca-Cola team in 2003 before spending his best years with the Sta. Lucia Realtors. Together with Kelly Williams and Ryan Reyes, Yeo gave the Realtors its first-ever All-Filipino championship in 2007-2008 season.

Before the Realtors was officially sold to the Meralco Bolts in 2010, Yeo was dealt to San Miguel Beermen, Air 21, Barangay Ginebra and GlobalPort Batang Pier.

Despite having two of the most explosive guard combination in the league in Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo, Yeo had some great moments with GlobalPort including top-scoring for the tea with 37 points in their last game in the 2016 Governor's Cup.

The 33-year old La Salle alumni who had a career average of 9.3 points and 2.8 rebounds is expected to sustain the high-flying energy of Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge with his slashing drive to the basket.

Acquiring Yeo is a good move by the Bolts and will probably be the first in a series of deals before the 2016-2017 All-Filipino Cup starts.

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