RONALD Tubid is ready to take the lead as San Miguel's top hustle man, opposite Alaska energy Guy Calvin Abueva.
In fact, Tubid was quick to insist that even before Abueva arrived in the PBA, he was already playing more or less the same role as the controversial Aces wingman.
Only, Calvin does in better, Tubid admitted.
“Gusto ko ang ginagawa ni Calvin ngayon, kasi ganun din ang ginagawa ko dati. Parang nakikita ko sarili ko sa kanya noon, although talagang magaling 'yung bata. Mas magaling pa nga eh,” said Tubid.
“Walang biro, idol ko nga si Calvin eh,” he added.
At the same time, Tubid believes Abueva is one of the best players in the PBA today, as shown by how he can score whenever he wants to.
“Kakaiba yung tao na 'yun, pag gustong umiskor,.iiskor kahit ano gawin mo. 'Pag gusto niya mang-bulabog sa depensa, madalas nagagawa niya. Kaya kailangan listo ka,” said Tubid of Abueva, who is seven years his junior.
Still, Tubid got the last laugh in his match-up with Abueva as he sparked the Beermen’s run in the third quarter with a critical nine-point spurt just when Alaska was once again threatening another wild comeback.
San Miguel won, 88-70.
Tubid said he's regaining his confidence just in time.
“Hindi ko pa rin fully nakukuha eh. Pero kailangan ko mailabas ang dati kong laro, kasi Alaska is a very good team. Hindi ka pwedeng malingat sa kanila,” said Tubid, who, from a star player at Shell and Air21, found his minutes go down in stints with Ginebra and Petron.
“Kaya gusto kong ibalik yung dati ko, kahit papano. Bata pa naman ako, I’m only 22,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tubid bared he has already buried the hatchet with Alaska shooting guard Cyrus Baguio, who he wrestled against in the second half, leading to the referees to call a double technical.
“Okay na kami ni Cyrus, nilapitan niya ko kanina. Tapos nag-usap na kami. Wala 'yun, part ng game yun,” he said while sounding optimistic that their action will not merit another summon and fine from PBA commissioner Chito Salud.
“Wala naman sigurong multa 'yun. Sana wala, kakabayad ko lang,” he said laughing, recalling a P13,000 peso fine from the league for a flagrant foul 1 on Abueva and a flop in Game Two.