What Are The Chances?

On: 28 May 2009

Yeo lays up.

Coming into the 2008-09 season, many people had predicted that the Realtors could win another PBA championship since they retained most of their key players. However, after losing star forward Kelly Williams at the closing half of the elimination round, many people have written off the Realtors, saying that they have "no chance against the Coca-Cola Tigers this Friday, 29 May 2009," and "this was their only chance to win another ring before age started to show."

They definitely will miss the numbers of Williams, but the Realtors still has the mental toughness a team needs to be competitive and there is no denying the fact that they still have untapped talents riding the bench.

Obviously, Dennis Espino and Ryan Reyes are the two leaders on the floor because of their talent, but guard Joseph Yeo, forward Nebert Omolon, and guard Dennis Miranda need to be recognized when talking about role players that can back up Espino and Reyes. Import Anthony Johnson cannot be ignored as his season average of 28.7 points and 16.4 rebounds per game are considered one of the best in the league right now.

Marlou Aquino has stepped up his game in the early part of this conference, and has reestablished his presence down low on defense for the Realtors. His shot blocking ability has been talked about many times and is the best in the league right now, averaging at least 3 per game. These numbers should have been the major buzz of the town if not only for his inconsistency of late.

The Realtors are in desperate need of contributions from multiple players, but that's no reason to put them down. They've shown time and time again that numerous players on the Realtors squad can rise to the challenge, and produce when necessary for the team.

First of all, there is Yeo. He gave the Realtors a nice surprise for the past two seasons, coming in with tremendous amount of energy, playing like a seasoned veteran by averaging 11.9 points, 2.4 assists per game and 3.6 rebounds per game.

In his showdown with Mark Macapagal of the Tigers, Yeo matched Macapagal's point performance (17 points) plus a statline that was made up of 8 rebounds, 6 assists and a block shot. So everyone, listen up. What the Realtors have here is an above-average guard who is projected to be a superstar. Already in one Finals appearance, he has shown what he can do (stated above).

When talking about the Realtors "dismal" chances, any reason saying that there isn't any No. 21 would be true, unless Yeo and the rest of the unheralded players step up. Nelbert Omolon, Norman Gonzalez, Paolo Mendoza, Dennis Daa and Chito Jaime are all capable of matching Yeo's energy off to give the team a fighting chance until Williams can fully recover.

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