BARAKO Bull coach Bong Ramos believes Ronjay Buenafe can bring the much-needed outside scoring punch to a team that is hoping to come up with a breakthrough conference following back-to-back ninth-place finishes this season.
Buenafe landed on Barako Bull's lap along with sophomore Gilbert Bulawan under the three-team trade that saw the Energy Cola part with Don Allado and Jared Dillinger, who the team earlier acquired in a separate deal with Talk 'N Text for Sean Anthony.
“Sa sistema na tinatakbo ni coach Rajko (Toroman), malaking dagdag si Ronjay sa team because he can be our spot-up shooter and he also drives strong to the basket,” Ramos told Spin.ph.
The 30-year-old Buenafe is bringing with him solid numbers from his short stint with the Meralco Bolts - 9.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.09 assists in an off-the-bench role in 33 games this season.
The former Emilio Aguinaldo College General guard also shot a respectable 35.3 percent from the three-point zone, which easily makes him a solid outside threat for a team which under Toroman thrives on perimeter shooting.
Barako Bull is coming off a weeklong international stint last month, which saw the Energy Cola finish fourth place in the 2nd Al Shabab Basketball Championship United Arab Emirates.
Ramos said the team will resume practice on June 24 before naming its import for the season-ending PBA Governors Cup.
Former Rio Grande Vipers forward Michael Singletary played for the Energy Cola in Dubai and got high marks from Toroman.