OPPORTUNITY knocked twice for Renzo Subido in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup and he’s definitely making the most out of this second chance.
The 5-foot-9 guard contributed right away for new team Marinerong Filipino by scoring seven points and dishing four assists in a 119-74 rout of Zark’s Tuesday night to enhance its bid for a berth in the quarterfinals.
Subido earlier suited up for AMA Online Education, but the team limped home with a 1-7 record and crashed out in the race for a playoffs slot.
But seeing the potential in Subido, Marinerong Pilipino coach Koy Banal didn’t lose time to tap his services for the crucial games ahead.
"Coach Koy Banal gave me a call if I could play for them, so since AMA is already out (of the quarterfinals), I asked coach (Mark Herrera) if I could play for coach Koy. Good thing he was able to understand," Subido related.
"That’s why I'm very thankful to AMA for the opportunity it has given me. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be able to play under coach Koy Banal," he added.
From sporting the no. 5 jersey at AMA, Subido now wears no. 55 while playing for Marinerong Pilipino.
Subido started practicing with his new team two days prior to its game against Zark's.
"I cannot expect him to play the way he plays for AMA siyempre, but the reason why we got him is that we know he can help us,” said Banal of his move to recruit Subido, who plays for University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP.
“Ang sabi ko sa kanya 'I need your help that's why I'm recruiting you.'"
Banal he wants the former De La Salle Zobel standout become the ‘quarterback’ of the team and be able to help their ‘fullhouse of talents’ with his skills.
"They can expect me to keep playing hard, be aggressive inside the court, and just play my game in our next games," said Subido.
Marinerong Pilipino still has three remaining games before the quarterfinals.
Next conference, Subido is expected to return and play for AMA again.
“(For next season) Definitely I'm going back to AMA,” he said. “But it depends where the opportunity is then I'm just going to grab it.”