MANILA, Philippines – Arizona Reid's return to the San Miguel Beermen proved to be a brief one as they were eliminated by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game 4 of their 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup semi-finals series on Sunday.
Reid arrived in Manila only on Saturday, as a replacement for SMB's original import, Tyler Wilkerson. The former Best Import winner was clearly not his usual dominant self, short-arming his jumpers and hitting front iron on his triples.
He still wound up with 25 points and 17 rebounds, but made only 12 of his 31 field goal attempts.
Rain or Shine crushed SMB, 124-99, to advance to the Finals of the Commissioner's Cup.
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"I knew what it was," said Reid, who was taking a vacation in Florida when he got the call from San Miguel. "I know I'm not ready. I know my legs are not there, but it's life. This is more motivation for me for the third conference, to come back sharper and in better shape."
Reid said he still got to his spots and got the shots that he would normally make, but simply wasn't in peak fitness and could not lift San Miguel to victory the way he repeatedly did during their title run in the 2015 Governors Cup.
"I hurt them more than I helped them," he said bluntly. "But I tried. That's all I can do, and it is what it is."
"I'll be ready for the third conference for sure," he vowed.
Meanwhile, he drew praise from SMB head coach Leo Austria for his performance despite flying in at short notice.
"Let us be fair to AZ," Austria said. "This is his first game, and with 25 points and 17 rebounds, I think that's a good contribution to the team."
Alex Cabagnot, who scored 18 points, lauded Reid for his "valiant effort."
"I can't say anything more. We know he's tired. Alam naman natin na kung pumunta lang tayo sa mga out of town games, it's tiring in itself. I don't know where he came from, but I know he traveled 18 hours," Cabagnot said. "Thank you, AZ."
Reid is set to fly back to the United States on Monday, but is expected to return by June 6 to help San Miguel in its title-retention campaign in the Governors Cup.
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