AZ Reid believes he had the better of Kwame Alexander in all aspects of their personal matchup in the PBA Governors Cup on Friday night - including their common hair style.
The dreadlock-haired imports went at it each other, with Reid having the last laugh as San Miguel Beer emerged with a 96-92 victory over NLEX.
“It wasn’t one of the toughest matchups I had,” Reid said of Alexander. “He’s a solid player, he can jump, but it was not too difficult (to play him)… But I respect his game.”
“And of course, my hair’s better,” the SMB import added with a smile as he wound up with a game-high 30 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in 43 minutes.
Alexander said the fans should decide who has the better hair.
“I don’t know. That’s up to y’all,” he smiled. “He’s got nice hair, it’s longer than mine. I got nice hair (too), it’s golden.”
“To me, it doesn’t make any difference - who the player, what they wear,” he added as he went serious. “It’s guarding their game.”
And Alexander feels he did a decent job defending Reid.
“The hair, even though some may think it’s a distraction, it’s not really that much of a distraction to me. I tried to contain him the best I could,” he said. “He still scored thirty, but I think I did pretty good on him out there.”
Alexander did shackle Reid in the first half where the San Miguel import scored just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting, missing all his six triples, and committed two turnovers in 19 minutes.
But Reid heated up in the second half, particularly in the last three minutes, where he scored nine straight points to carry the Beermen to the win.
“He was cold in the first half, so I knew eventually he was going to start knocking down shots. It’s basketball,” Alexander said. “AZ’s a good player. When you’re in that type of zone, nothing matters. All you see is the ring - it becomes a bigger hole.”
Alexander also fared decently as he tallied 21 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks in 40 minutes, but fouled out with a little over a minute left when he hacked Reid, who converted a charity to complete a three-point play that punctuated his personal run.
“We could’ve won if I could’ve stayed in the game longer,” Alexander said. “I feel I could’ve done much better.”