The resilient San Miguel Beermen have moved from being on brink of the elimination to being on the verge of winning the title and making a historic feat.
For Ronald Tubid, the comeback bid from being down 0-3 to tying it at 3-3 after a Game 6 win Friday started with the team’s cohesion, facing adversity together.
“My team, walang iwanan sa team na ‘to. We win as a team, we lose as a team. Not just as a team but as a family,” Tubid said. “Pag wala yung isa, may pupunong isa. Yun ang maganda sa team namin eh.”
The veteran guard scored 7 points and grabbed a board in close to 16 minutes of play in Game 6, including a triple in the third quarter which brought San Miguel back just when Alaska was trying to assert control.
Tubid added the presence of June Mar Fajardp helped boost the team, and made them believe in each other even more.
“Noong dumating si June Mar mas nabuhayan kami. So yun nga, (believe in) miracles every day. It happens. Three straight games nangyari, hopefully Wednesday ulit,” he shared.
“Every day, back to basics lang. Little things. 50-50 balls, and more on defense. We know our roles. Yung tulungan kahit anong mangyari, we need to double our effort every day at nagbunga naman. Tiwala lang sa isa’t isa.”
The Beermen are the first team to come back from a 0-3 deficit in a best-of-7 series, and Game 7 is expected to be anybody’s ball game now.
But the team downplayed the achievement, saying it would still mean nothing if they don’t win it all. So the Beermen will go back to the drawing board and give it their all one final time.
“We need to sacrifice,” Tubid said.
“We will take a rest then back to work. History nga na nakabalik kami from 0-3 pero it will mean nothing kung hindi manalo sa Wednesday.”