AZ Reid blamed San Miguel Beer’s 106-99 loss to Meralco in their PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinal match on Saturday night to nothing but the team’s lack of defense.
The Beermen allowed the Bolts to make 52 percent (43-of-83) of their shots on the way to sending their Round-of-8 matchup to a deciding game.
“I was saying the whole game, ‘play defense’,” a visibly frustrated Reid said after the game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I don’t care about scoring. This is playoff time. If you can’t get stops, you can’t win.”
“It’s not fun seeing people score layup after layup after layup.”
Reid is pinpointing anybody, but is blaming the entire team’s lack of effort.
“It’s not one person; it’s everybody. It’s me and everybody,” he said. “It’s not about individual defense. It’s team defense. Nothing else bothers me tonight other than our defense, rotations.”
One Meralco player the Beermen failed to cover was Kelly Nabong, who came in averaging just 4.8 points, but finished 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds in just 23 minutes off the bench.
“He deserved it,” Reid said of Nabong. “He busted his ass tonight, but that can’t happen. That’s terrible on our behalf.”
Offensively, the Beermen delivered as they also shot a decent 47 percent (34-of-73) from the field, while Reid tallied 21 points in 47 minutes.
“We got no problem scoring,” the versatile American forward said. “But I can have five points, but we win and I’m happy.”
The second-seeded Beermen hope to improve their defensive showing in the sudden-death match on Monday also at the Big Dome.