AZ Reid says Beermen didn't play to their best against the Elite

Sep 06, 2018

San Miguel import AZ Reid insists Wednesday's loss to Blackwater was no laughing matter.

The Beermen absorbed a 103-100 defeat against the Elite to drop even 1-1 record in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, something that Reid doesn't find so amusing.

"We didn't play the way we normally play, like the way we played in the first game. We played around, a lot of smiling, a lot of joking, so we lost," he said, admitting that the squad which faced the Elite looked nothing like the one that waylaid NLEX, 125-112 just last Saturday.

"We stopped doing what got us the lead. We started relaxing, chilling and thinking it's funny, laughing and joking around. It's unbelievable, man."

Reid was hitting himself after San Miguel squandered a 10-point lead entering the payoff period. Not even his 26 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and two steals could rescue San Miguel from falling to the upset.

"Blackwater played well. They made some good adjustments and double-teamed me in the second half the whole time. It worked well for them and they made shots that we didn't," he said.

Rather than dwell on this shortcoming, Reid urged the Beermen to get their act straight come their next game on September 21 against Columbian Dyip.

"It's a very tough loss. We've got a long break and this game that we needed, we lost," he said. "We just gotta regroup and hopefully, everyone take it serious next time. We gotta stay tough, mentally tough, get a lead and not fold, not break. We broke tonight, and it resulted in a loss."

"Like I said, I'm not playing no games. I'm not joking around."(DL)