RONALD Tubid engineered San Miguel Beer’s fourth-quarter rally which import Arizona Reid sustained in the end as the Beermen handed Barako Bull its first loss in the PBA Governors Cup, 116-113, on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Tubid, the Beermen’s rugged defender, suddenly found his rhythm in the payoff period where he scattered all but one of his 13 points, spiked by three three-pointers.
His offensive explosion helped the Beermen turn a nine-point deficit into a 105-99 lead.
JC Intal put the Energy (4-1 win-loss) on top for the last time at 111-110 with a clutch trey in the final 51.9 seconds before Reid took over.
The San Miguel import with the Bob Marley hairstyle scored on a drive to the basket to put San Miguel on top for good, 112-111, added two free throws before preserving the win with a block on Dylan Ababou’s three-point attempt in the waning seconds.
“Alam ko sa simula pa lang, it’s gonna be a tough game because Barako Bull’s confidence is really high,” said winning coach Leo Austria, whose team improved to 4-2 overall.
“They (Energy) have nothing to lose but everything to gain and talagang 'yung confidence nila mataas because of their import.”
Austria lauded his guards, particularly Tubid and Marcio Lassiter, for keeping the Beermen in the game behind their outside snipings, admitting that top big man June Mar Fajardo got neutralized by Barako Bull’s hulking import Liam McMorrow.
“Credit Ronald (Tubid) because he stepped up sa outside shooting, saka si Marcio na rin. Limited kasi options namin sa ilalim because of their import,” explained Austria.
Fajardo managed to finish with 22 points, including 14 in a big third quarter effort, despite battling through foul trouble.
But the reigning league MVP sat out for a big chunk of the final quarter as Austria opted to rely on his perimeter gunners.
Reid also scored 22 points, hauled down eight rebounds, and issued six assists, while Lassiter added 18, and Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot contributed 12 and 11, respectively.
McMorrow led the Energy with 31 points and 25 rebounds, while Joseph Yeo, one of six former San Miguel players in the Barako roster, had 25 in another big scoring night.
San Miguel (116) - Fajardo 22, Reid 22, Lassiter 18, Tubid 13, Ross 12, Cabagnot 11, Espinas 8, Reyes 4, Lutz 2, Omolon 2, Santos 2.
Barako (113) - McMorrow 31, Yeo 25, Intal 14, Lanete 12, Maierhofer 10, Pascual 8, Garcia 6, Wilson 3, Lastimosa 2, Chua 2, Ababou 0.
Quarterscores: 30-33; 55-59; 87-86; 116-113.