The scrappy wingman from University of the East came to the perfect place at the perfect time, tipping in an Enrico Villanueva miss and providing the most important basket in Barako Bull’s tense 90-87 triumph over sister team Air 21 in the PBA Philippine Cup on a rainy Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
“In the absence of Danny Seigle, our main man was Ronald Tubid,” said Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi. “Yes, I am happy with the way Sean Anthony performed, but Tubid played the leadership role for the squad.”
Seigle missed the game because of flu, but Baculi assured the veteran forward will be back in the team’s next game against Petron Blaze, a squad which he considered as the strongest in the tournament.
Tubid’s tip-in with 9.2 seconds left proved to be the final basket.
Still, the Energy Colas had to make a stop and wait for KG Canaleta’s last three-point attempt. His three-pointer from the left corner rimmed out as time expired.
Barako Bull (90) – Tubid 19, Anthony 18, Kramer 14, Pennisi 11, Urbiztondo 8, Najorda 7, Villanueva 7, Yap 4, Marcelo 2, Cervantes 0, Cruz 0.
Air 21 (87) – Baclao 18, Wilson 17, Isip 16, Canaleta 16, Arboleda 7, Custodio 4, Omolon 4, Sena 3, Taha 2, Atkins 0, Ritualo 0.
Quarters: 26-27; 49-48; 71-69; 90-87.