Leader and tailender clash as Meralco stakes unblemished slate against lowly San Miguel
Josh Davis and the streaking Bolts take on San Miguel and recently-acquired AZ Reid. Jerome Ascano

LEAGUE-leading Meralco looks to extend its winning run to six as it takes on a back-against-the-wall San Miguel Beer squad in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Petron Saturday Special at the Xavier University gym in Cagayan de Oro City.

The Bolts are off to a 5-0 record for the franchise’s best start since joining the pro league in the 2010-11 season.

But Meralco coach Norman Black said they won’t hold their punches even though San Miguel, the newly-minted Philippine Cup champion, is at the bottom of the leaderboard and the lone winless club in the tournament.

“One thing for sure, we will not treat them (Beermen) like a 0-4 team because we know how strong they are,” said Black.

Game time is 5 p.m.

Black said they need to maintain the high energy on the defensive end, with San Miguel’s top slotman June Mar Fajardo getting a new frontcourt partner in recently-signed import Arizona Reid.

“We know what Arizona can do as a player, but we just have no idea how coach Leo (Austria) will fit him into the San Miguel system,” he added.

Reid came in to replace Ronald Roberts on Wednesday, following the Beermen’s 107-100 loss to the Alaska Aces in the two teams’ first encounter since the Philippine Cup Finals.

Reid, was measured officially at 6 feet 3 and 1/4 inches at the PBA office, is the shortest import in the tournament. 

But he is no stranger to the PBA, having played for Rain or Shine for three conferences and leading the Asian Coating franchise to a runner-up finish in last season’s Governors Cup and winning two Best Import awards.

Although Reid will be up against Meralco’s athletic and energetic import in Josh Davis, the shorter Reid is unfazed.

“It is what it is. I’m not scared of nobody facing taller imports. It doesn’t matter if you’re eight-footer or nine-footer. I won’t change my game,” said Reid, who owns PBA career-averages of 29.3 points, 14.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in a total of 46 games he played with Rain or Shine.

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On the other hand, the 6-8 Davis norms monster numbers of 23.2 points, 19.6 rebounds, 3.8 steals, 1.8 assists and 1.6 blocks this conference.

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