AZ Reid hinted he tried to make a statement in Game Two of the PBA Governors Cup Finals after he lost the Best Import award to Romeo Travis on Sunday.
The prolific San Miguel Beer import barely lost the top individual plum for reinforcements in the season-ending conference to his Alaska counterpart, who tallied 1060 points, just 37 points ahead of Reid.
“Congratulations to Travis,” Reid said. “It’s tough, real tough. I don’t understand it, but he deserved it. It is what it is.”
But Reid showed why he also deserved the recognition he already won twice in the past as he registered 37 points, seven assists, five steals, two boards, and one block, against six turnovers for the Beermen, who gained a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Finals series with a 103-95 win.
None of his scoring output was more important than the two from a floater that knotted the count at 95 with one minute and 27 seconds to go.
“That’s how I play,” Reid said. “This is what you get from AZ.”
Travis tallied 23 points on 7-of-22 shooting, 11 boards, three assists, one steal, and one block, against four turnovers.
After the short interview with scribes, Reid turned the tables on his interviewers.
“I have a question: how the hell…” before finishing it with “never mind.”
He might have wanted to ask about the criteria for determining the winner of the Best Import award.
At least the Beermen came up with a crucial lead in the best-of-seven series after they came back from a late deficit.
“Tonight, I felt like we grew a lot as a team when Alaska was up nine points,” Reid said.
“But it doesn’t mean much,” he added. “We have to focus and be ready for Game Three.”