Even a 2-time Best Import awardee who is familiar with coach Yeng Guaio’s system cannot save San Miguel’s fortune.
The Beermen’s last ditch effort to salvage the series did not end well despite long-time PBA import AZ Reid coming in to reinforce them as they suffered a 25-point blowout game, their worst in 5 years, in Game 3 at the hands of Rain or Shine on Sunday at the Big Dome.
With Reid flying in on short notice to replace high-scoring import but temperamental Tyler Wilkerson, the Beermen lacked chemistry as they groped for their old championship form and eventually kissed their Grand Slam hopes goodbye.
“I knew I am not ready. I knew my legs is not out there but that’s life, it’s a motivation from me for next conference so I will come back sharper, in better shape,” admitted Reid, who might return to US tomorrow before reinforcing San Miguel in the Governors Cup come July.
Reid fired 25 points but needed 31 shots to topscore for the Beermen, who were never in rhythm after the opening quarter.
“I tried, that’s what I told before the game, my mind say yes, my body said no,” he said. “I’m not mad in one bit but of course I’m disappointed because I got every shot I wanted, I just don’t have the rhythm.”
But the 30-year old import had no regret as he only heed a call of duty he can’t turn down despite the lack of preparation.
“I wasn’t supposed to be here, but I came to help my team,” said Reid, sharing he was at the beach with his family when he got the call from his agent. – By Jason Mercene
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