NOT even AZ Reid’s huge offensive production that sparked San Miguel Beer’s victory could mask a poor defense that almost cost the Beermen the game early on.
The SMB import scattered 41 points as the Beermen cruised to a 124-113 victory over Phoenix, but not after they allowed the Fuel Masters to score almost seventy points at the half before finishing the game in triple digits.
Reid warned the Beermen won’t retain their crown if they keep giving up too many points.
“It won’t happen if we continue to give them a hundred and thirteen points,” the two-time Best Import awardee said. “It’s awful, giving up (almost) seventy points in a half, it’s unacceptable, terrible.”
Reid later took on the challenge by Fuel Masters counterpart Marcus Simmons, who engaged the PBA veteran in friendly thrash talk during the game.
“This is my stuff. This is my house,” Reid said. “It was just a little trash talk and nothing personal. I got excited because he said some stuff early on I didn’t want to let it slide.
"I had to show him I’ve been here five years and I’m here for a reason and it’s not just luck. It was fun. He was like, ‘Yeahhh’ and I said, ‘Calm down, young fellow, calm down.’”
“But he played well,” he was quick to add of Simmons, who registered 28 points. “I respect his game and I expected his boys to play well.”
Reid, though, is more concerned about the SMB's defense
“We got to fix something,” he added. “We got to play some defense. If you’re not playing defense, you’re not going to win a championship. Our whole defense was garbage. We got to pick up our intensity on defense than we play offense.”
“We played awful,” he continued. “We were just lucky to get the win.”
Still, a win is a win as the Beermen avoided losing two games to start their Governors’ Cup campaign.
“I didn’t want to start zero-one early like last time when we started zero-two,” Reid said. “That can’t happen (again).”