AZ Reid glad to silence critics and help Beermen move within striking distance of Governors Cup leaders
"You’ve seen the way I played the last three or four years and how I play. Now I don’t hear anything negative anymore,” says AZ Reid. Jerome Ascano

ARIZONA Reid is pleased to silence his critics, but more than that he is happy to help guide San Miguel back on the winning track after a woeful start in the PBA Governors Cup.

The Beermen are on a four-game win streak after starting their campaign with back-to-back losses, thanks to the re-emergence of the high-scoring Reid.

“You saw a sick AZ who couldn’t control the game, or play the way he played. But I wasn’t panicking. I wasn’t worried because I knew I was sick,” Reid told, noting that food poisoning caused his bad start in the season-ending tournament.

“But you’ve seen the last four games. You’ve seen the way I played the last three or four years and how I play. Now I don’t hear anything negative anymore.”

The 6-foot-4 import averaged just 15.0 points on 32 percent shooting in San Miguel's first two games, but quickly bounced back and has registered 32.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the team's next four games.

“I just play hard and you know, everything will take care of itself. Just keep working,” added the former Best Import, whose team will be gunning for a fifth straight win against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Veteran San Miguel forward Arwind Santos noted that aside from Reid’s big games, the Beermen’s
commitment to play solid team defense helped them vault back to the top half of the standings.

“Nung mag-0-2 kami, ang dami talagang problema namin nun. Una na yung health namin dahil hindi lahat hundred percent,” said Santos, who is also still recovering from a left shoulder injury he suffered before the start of the conference.

“Hindi pa namin nakukuha yung sistema on defense. Pero ngayon, nakukuha na namin sa depensa, kaya naka-apat na sunud na panalo kami,” he added.

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