ARIZONA Reid hopes his third stint with Rain or Shine in the PBA Governors Cup will finally yield a Finals appearance and hopefully, a championship.
The 6-foot-3 Reid admitted his two fruitless campaigns for the Elasto Painters during the 2011 and 2013 Governors Cup prompted him to work double-time as he tries to carry the franchise to a Finals stint this season.
“Every game is important, though I’m not looking ahead because we have Air21 on Wednesday,” said Reid after pumping 39 points, including the game-winning shot in the final 1.1 seconds to lift Rain or Shine to a 95-94 win over San Mig Super Coffee at the close of the elimination round on Monday.
“But it’s (quarterfinals) a step closer. If you win, it’s a step closer to my goal to get to the Finals, though I’m taking it one game at a time,” he added.
“I’ve been here (in the Governors Cup) two times. This is my third time and I’ve been to the semis both times. I’m tired to be in the semis so I need to up my game and take the next step.”
The former High Point standout has indeed, leveled up in Rain or Shine’s five-game winning streak to close out the eliminations after averaging 35.4 points on an efficient 53.7 percent shooting from the field., while grabbing 10.8 rebounds.
His consistent inside and outside sniping has helped Rain or Shine cap its elimination campaign with a 6-3 (win-loss) record on the way to snaring the second seed in the playoffs.
“I made my shots and I was thankful that the ball was going in,” said Reid, who has been actively taking the lead for the Elasto Painters.
“I need to get it going before the playoffs. And I think this is a great way to go to the playoffs, play defense, and make great shots,” added the one-time Best Import winner.
The Elasto Painters ruled the Governors Cup during the 2012 season behind Best Import Jamelle Cornley after outlasting the B-Meg (San Mig's former name) in seven games in the Finals for the franchise's first-ever league championship.
But Rain or Shine fell short last season with Reid in tow, after falling to Petron, 1-3, in the semifinals, ending its chase for back-to-back season-ending titles.
Rain or Shine only needs to win once against the no. 7 seed Air21 on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals, where it will face the winner of the Alaska-Ginebra quarterfinal pairing.