After missing a point blank attempt, Tubid received a pass from a falling Sean Anthony after a wild scramble for the loose ball. The wingman from Iloilo hit an undergoal basket with 18.1 seconds left in the game to push Barako Bull.
“I told Ronald before the scramble, instead of passing, step up to the plate. This is his game. He’s our No. 1 guy in the shooting guard position,” said Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi.
The Batang Pier had a chance to steal the game, but Josh Vanlangdingham missed a three-pointer as time expired. The Energy Colas snapped a three-game losing streak to push their win-loss mark to 3-5.
“Medyo struggling ang team. Hopefully this win can prop up us especially Josh (Urbiztondo). We need Josh in our team,” said Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi.
“The problem is we have to improve our offensive sets. We can’t rely much on Rico (Villanueva) on the post because teams are scouting us. We need to inject some variations in our offense.”
Tubid led the Energy Colas with 19 points, but almost turned into a goat after his late miss. Villanueva added 18 points while Mick Pennisi and Leo Najorda contributed 13 and 11, respectively, for Barako Bull.
GlobalPort’s loss spoiled Mark Yee’s 20-point performance, one shy of matching the career-high he set two years ago. Willie Miller had 17 points in 43 minutes, but missed a crucial attempt before Tubid’s basket.
BARAKO 95 – Tubid 19, Villanueva 18, Pennisi 13, Najorda 11, Anthony 9, Urbiztondo 9, Yap 9, Kramer 4, Alvarez 3, Ballesteros 0.
GLOBALPORT 94 – Yee 20, Miller 17, Manuel 12, Deutchman 11, Lingganay 10, Vanlandingham 7, Vergara 7, Al-Hussaini 5, Antonio 3, Adducul 2, Mandani 0, Guevarra 0.
Quarters: 22-18, 49-48, 77-74, 95-94