ANTIPOLO CITY – Somehow, the low regard for Columbian Dyip can serve as a motivation for a veteran player like Ronald Tubid.
“Alam naman natin na underdog kami. Kaya lahat ng mga teams na 'yan, kapag kami ang kalaban nililista na nila,” the 37-year-old wingman pointed out.
Even for someone who’s been in the PBA for so long and has won a number of championships, Tubid admitted still getting hurt with how the Dyip are being treated.
“Siyempre, kasi parang hindi ka kasali, e,” he said.
But on Friday night, the Dyip finally got its act together to beat Rain or Shine, 100-84, for their first-ever win in the season-ending Governors Cup.
Tubid shot 6-of-11 from the field to finish with 16 points while adding five rebounds and providing the veteran presence the Dyip needed to finally break into the win column after losing their first nine games of the conference.
But the numbers were not important, according to Tubid, who came over to Columbian as part of the controversial deal that brought Christian Standhardinger to San Miguel Beer as the top pick overall in last year's draft.
“Yung sa akin lang naman kailangang kong i-guide yung mga bata,” said Tubid, who has seven championships tucked under his belt. “Kagaya nun, after humabol ng Rain or Shine, gusto nila (young players) bumalik agad.
“Pero sabi ko hindi natin sila babawian agad. Set up tayo kung saan maganda,” he said. “Basta we stay together, mag-share kami ng load especially sa defense kasi yung offense sasabay lang.”
Tubid said the atmosphere is definitely different inside the dugout following the hard-earned win.
“Sarap ng feeling ng manalo,” he stressed. “Masaya sa (loob ng dugout).”
The former University of the East standout, picked in the second round by Shell (No. 16 overall) in the 2003 draft, avoided going winless for the first time in his career.
But apart from relief, Tubid was happy that coach Johnedel Cardel didn’t finish his rookie season without a win, assuring the team of a better finish this conference than last year when it limped home to a 0-11 record under former coach Chris Gavna.
Columbian has swept all of its three meetings against Rain or Shine this season, but Tubid refuses to put too much into it.
“Siguro nag-relax lang talaga yung Rain or Shine,” he said.