SAN Mig Coffee’s loss is definitely Barako Bull’s gain.
Coach Junel Baculi said the acquisition of heady guard Josh Urbiztondo by the Energy over the weekend has stabilized the backcourt of the team.
“It really fortifies our point guard position,” said the Barako Bull mentor. “He is young, but has championship experience, strong and cerebral. I know he can help us in this campaign sa Philippine Cup.”
The arrival of Urbiztondo, a major player in San Mig Coffee’s successful title drive in last year’s Commissioner’s Cup, certainly addressed the team’s dire need for a court general after the departure of two-time MVP Willie Miller and veteran Wynne Arboleda.
The three-team trade that brought Urbiztondo to Barako Bull came nearly a week before the start of the PBA 38th season, but Baculi is confident the Fil-Am guard can fit in immediately.
“I think he could fit in because sa system naman namin, anybody can score,” he said.
Urbiztondo began his first official practice with the franchise on Saturday, after which he joined the rest of the Barako Bull during its fans day.
Urbiztondo averaged a team-best 2.9 assists, while scoring 6.9 points a game and 3.3 rebounds last season with San Mig Coffee.