IMPORT Arizona Reid urges Rain or Shine to just concentrate on the team’s remaining game in the PBA Governors Cup as he doubts if the Elasto Painters' protest over their controversial game against Barangay Ginebra will ever prosper.
"What do you gonna do (with the protest)? Then what happens? What are they (league) gonna do? Change the call?”
“Just get back Wednesday but whatever happens, happens,” said Reid still fuming after a controversial call took away from the Elasto Painters what already appeared to be a `won’ ballgame in a heartbreaking 100-101 loss to the Kings on Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“But they gave the game away, they (referee) gave the game to Ginebra,” he added.
With two seconds remaining and the Kings trailing by two, referee Non Quilingen called a foul on big man Beau Belga as he challenged the three-point attempt of Mac Baracael.
The Ginebra forward sank all three foul shots for the game-winner with three-tenths of a second left.
“You gonna call that (foul)? I know they (Gin Kings) are fighting for their life, but don’t cheat. Of course, I’m not happy with the result because we fought hard,” said the 6-foot-5 Reid, who erupted for 40 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in another solid all-around game.
Reid, a High Point University alumnus, gave the Elasto Painters their last taste of the lead, 100-98, when he scored on a tough shot clock-beating jump shot off Ginebra counterpart Dior Lowhorn, before Belga was whistled for the controversial call off Baracael.
The 27-year-old import said he’s hopeful the league would make sure game officials would call it fair, saying he’s been a victim of numerous contacts during the course of the game.
“Let the game play out the way the game is supposed to be played out. We’re trying to fight for our lives. Don’t cheat,” said the Gaffney, South Carolina-born import.
“I didn’t say nothing every time they (Gin Kings) hit my elbow and you don’t call it for me.”
Rain or Shine currently shares joint fourth place with Barako Bull with their even 4-4 win-loss record.
The Elasto Painters wind up their elimination round campaign on Wednesday when they go up against Talk ‘N Text at the Astrodome.