Tubid’s Game 2 clutch shooting underscores his role as SMB’s spark plug

June Mar Fajardo is no doubt the focal point of San Miguel Beer’s offense, but critical to the Beermen’s Game 2 victory over Barangay Ginebra was veteran guard Ronald Tubid, who connected on some clutch triples in the last period.

The former energetic UE Red Warrior had a huge hand in San Miguel’s telling 9-0 bomb late in the game, highlighting it with two big threes to give San Miguel a 95-92, leveling the PBA Governors Cup semifinal series at 1-1 in the process.

Tubid finished the game with 10 points on eight shots to finish just behind Fajardo’s 18 and playmaker Alex Cabagnot’s 13 in scoring.

“Sa practice more on repetition kasi, (sa game naman) darating at darating na ma-oopen ka talaga and kailangan ma-shoot mo,” Tubid told FOX Sports.

But more than his offense, Tubid said he knew his job really was to inject energy inside the court, aware that Ginebra, the team he formerly helped to the franchise’s last PBA title in the 2008 Fiesta Conference, is capable of coming back from a big deficit.

“I’ve been with Ginebra (before) so alam ko na yung spirit because of the fans, that’s why I’m telling my teammates we need more energy,” shared Tubid.

“Yung 50-50 balls kailangan more aggressive kami para mas malaking chance manalo,” he added. “Team defense lang rin talaga, tsaka yung offense it follows.”

With the series now reduced to a best-of-three affair, Tubid believes the winner will be decided on which team will able to take care of every possession.

Game 3 is set Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. – Jason Mercene

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