Governors' Cup Best Import Arizona Reid drives to the basket against San Mig's Marqus Blakely. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Arizona Reid just proved his worth as the PBA Governors' Cup Best Import.
With 6.7 seconds to go, the 6'4" import nailed a booming triple to help Rain or Shine tie its PBA Finals series with San Mig Coffee, 1-1, via an 89-87 overtime win in Game 2.
Reid, who was given his second Bobby Parks Best Import award before the game, scored 6 of Rain or Shine's last 9 points against the Coffee Mixers during the extra period.
The Rain or Shine import finished the game with 29 points on 11-of-24 field goal shooting to go along with his 17 rebounds.
The Elasto Painters were playing catch-up midway in the fourth quarter, 69-76, when they went for a decisive run that cut the Coffee Mixers' lead.
Reid capped the blitz with a triple that tied the score at 80-all. The game eventually went into overtime after the defenses of both squads held up until regulation.
San Mig initially zoomed to 24-18 first-quarter lead, prompting the Elasto Painters to fire back with a mini-run that cut the deficit, 22-26. Justin Melton and Ian Sangalang responded with a pair of jumpers to keep the Coffee Mixers ahead, 30-26. Gabe Norwood then scored back-to-back baskets to tie the game 37-all going to the second half.
The game was neck-and-neck in the third canto when Reid picked up the tempo to give Rain or Shine a 62-55 upper hand. James Yap and PJ Simon tried to stop the bleeding for San Mig Coffee, but Beau Belga connected on a looper and Reid scored on a drive for Rain or Shine's 66-59 advantage.
A 6-0 run started by Mark Barroca's 3-point play again tied the scores 66-all and this widened to a 76-69 gap courtesy of Alex Mallari and Yap.
The Elasto Painters then wiped out the Coffee Mixers' lead when a run capped by Reid's triple tied the scores 80-all, 1:08 remaining in the game.
Reid's heroics ruined Yap's 22-point performance. Marc Pingris added 17 for the Coffee Mixers, while their import Marqus Blakely was held to 14 points.
Jeffrei Chan, meanwhile, topscored for Rain or Shine’s locals with 14 points. Paul Lee and Norwood had 12 and 10, respectively.
Rain or Shine 89 - Reid 29, Chan 14, Lee 12, Norwood 10, Cruz 8, Teng 7, Belga 4, Arana 3, Almazan 2, Tiu 0, Ibanes 0, Rodriguez 0
San Mig Coffee 87 - Yap 22, Pingris 17, Blakely 14, Simon 11, Mallari 7, Barroca 6, Sangalang 6, Melton 4, Maliksi 0, Devance 0, Reavis 0
Quarterscores: 18-24, 37-37, 66-59, 80-80, 89-87