RAIN or Shine import Arizona Reid is not ready to go home.
While the E-Painters are facing a win-or-go-home situation come Game Three on Saturday, Reid is convinced they can still win the series despite facing a 0-2 hole in the best-of-five semifinal series.
“I really believe we can win. I really believe we can win this series,” declared Reid after the team’s practice on Friday at the Reyes gym in Mandaluyong.
“It doesn’t matter what, whatever the score or situation is, we’ll fight till the fourth quarter, till the time is zero, zero, zero. Then, that’s when it is over. But I don’t care what people are saying, because they (Boosters) are a beatable team,” he added.
The former PBA Best Import awardee said the series could have been a 2-0 lead in their favor, or at least, tied at one win apiece, if not for some endgame mishaps by Rain or Shine.
“It’s playoffs man, two games, at least, the series should be 1-1 or us up at 2-0, but we’re just gonna fight and hopefully, we can get Game Three and take it to Game Four,” noted the High Point alumnus.
“It’s not a secret, if ROS don’t win, ROS goes home, and I’m not ready to go to the States yet. I want to give it everything I have.”
With gunners Jeff Chan, Gabe Norwood and TY Tang struggling from the outside and Paul Lee, Ryan Arana and JR Quinahan out of commission, Reid has stepped up offensively in the short series with averages of 33.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 40 minutes.
Yet, Reid believes the effort to prevent Petron from sweeping them will take more than just another herculean performance from him.
“We can do better as a whole. I don’t point fingers on players, but we can do better. From top to bottom, we have to do better, there’s no way around there,” he said.
Reid believes they have a really big chance of turning the series around as long as they stop Petron rookie center June Mar Fajardo.
“The biggest problem in this series is one man, it’s Fajardo. He is like Shaquille O’Neal. He has dominated us. That’s the biggest problem,” the 27-year-old Rain or Shine import pointed out.
“We do a great job on everybody else, except for Fajardo. I mean 15 rebounds (average) in a series, as a local, that’s really impressive. We have to go back to transition, if not, good night for Rain or Shine."