Petron’s acquisition of Ronald Tubid before the start of the Commissioner’s Cup left most people puzzled as the team was already loaded in the wings. But with the Blaze Boosters putting more premium in playing defense, Tubid was expected to be one of the team’s defensive aces, putting the lock-down on the PBA’s top wing men.
Petron has been looking for a player who will provide the much-needed spunk, energy and hustle game in and game out. They found it in the person of Ronald Tubid. The Oton, Iloilo native was the third leading local rebounder of the team in the Commissioner’s Cup with 4.6 boards a game, behind Arwind Santos (7.06) and June Mar Fajardo (6.9). The acquisition of Tubid gave the team someone who can ignite a spark when they seemed too relaxed. More than that, the University of the East standout provided a lot of intangibles that can’t be seen in the stats sheet like sacrificing his body to draw the charge, playing hard-nosed defense and mind games against the opponents. If Alaska has a Calvin Abueva who can draw the ire of the players he is guarding, Petron also has their own version of this in Ronald Tubid.
Ronald Tubid’s arrival to Petron brought more good than bad for the team but if there are any negatives in Tubid’s first conference with the team, it would be his shot selection – he shot 30% from the field. He also forced a lot of three-point field goal attempts, converting only 14 out of his 52 attempts in the conference for a 27% shooting from rainbow territory. Tubid’s energy can sometimes lead to errors as he gets overexcited that causes a turnover or a bad shot.
For someone who everyone thought was a redundancy in Petron’s wing rotation before the Commissioner’s Cup started, Ronald Tubid was able to play his role very well. His arrival gave Petron a new weapon on both ends and he was able to step up when Chris Lutz was sidelined in the first half of the conference.
Petron Blaze Boosters Approval Ratings
|Dorian Peña||Chico Lanete||Joseph Yeo||June Mar Fajardo||Dennis Miranda|
|Jay Washington||Ronald Tubid||Arwind Santos||Marcio Lassiter|