NATIONAL coach Chot Reyes was straight to the point about his take on Donnell Harvey.
“He (Harvey) is the perfect import for Talk `N Text,” said Reyes after watching the 6-foot-8 American pour in 38 points and grab 17 rebounds in helping the Tropang Texters rise from the grave in a 93-85 overtime win over Petron in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday night at the Big Dome.
Reyes knows whereof he speaks.
Harvey was the team’s import when Reyes was still calling the shots for the franchise in last year’s edition of the import-laden conference. Too bad, Harvey and the Tropang Texters came a win short of bagging the championship against San Mig Coffee.
And so when the two of them had a short chat at halftime, Reyes asked the import to show him his true game.
“When I saw (Harvey at halftime), I told him, `Hey, you put on a good show for me, okay?’” said the Gilas Pilipinas mentor.
The 32-year-old Harvey readily obliged, totally outplaying Petron counterpart and close pal Rodney white. The Talk `N Text import also added two assists and a steal in 39 minutes of action.
When the smoke of battle cleared, Harvey climbed a few steps at ringside, looked for his former coach, and exchanged pleasantries with him.
“It’s always good to see coach Chot and show him some love like (the game) tonight,” said the hardworking import.