PBA: SMBís first loss no laughing matter for AZ Reid
Santino Honasan on Sep 05, 2018 08:36 PM
ďWe stopped doing what got us the lead. We started relaxing, chilling and thinking itís funny, laughing around and joking.Ē
Up by ten in the third quarter of their 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup matchup against the Blackwater Elite, Wedenesday, San Miguel committed the mortal sin of coasting.
As they would come to learn the hard way, a ten point lead with more than a quarter left in the game isn’t always the safest cushion.
The Beermen would go on to lose, 103-100 for their first loss of the conference, and for import AZ Reid, that first notch on their loss column is no laughing matter.
Speaking to the media following their defeat at the Big Dome, the six-foot-five forward expressed his dissatisfaction with how they approached their opponents.
“We took ‘em lightly.” Reid said.
“We didn’t play the way we normally play, like the way we played in the first game. We played around, a lot of smiling, a lot of joking, so we lost.”
While Reid finished with a team-high 26 markers to go with 12 boards, he feels that as the import, he needs to be the one shouldering the blame.
In fact, Reid says he relishes the pressure.
“Give me the blame, I like the pressure, it’s fine. Just give it to me, put the loss on AZ. It’s fine.”
With about 29 seconds left in the third quarter, the Beermen had their biggest lead of the game, 82-72. Four minutes into the fourth quarter, the Elite were back on top after going on a 14-3 run.
For Reid, the blown lead was simply a result of a decline in play as the game progressed.
“We stopped doing what got us the lead. We started relaxing, chilling and thinking it’s funny, laughing around and joking.”
“It’s unbelievable, man.” Reid added.
As Reid and the Beermen head to the two-week break coming off their first loss of the conference, the Carolinian hopes that they can maintain a level of mental toughness and a sense of urgency the next time that they take to the courts.
“We lost, okay, cool. It’s tough, it’s a very tough loss, we’ve got a long break, coming in 1-1, this game that we need, we lost. We just gotta regroup and hopefully everyone take it serious next time. We gotta stay tough, mentally tough, get a lead and not fold, not break. We broke tonight, and it resulted in a loss.”
Reid added that inside the court, he isn’t about playing games, so to say.
“Just play more serious. You saw the game, you see people were laughing and joking, it’s not a laughing and joking matter. If you wanna laugh and joke, you can laugh whenever you go home, but in between them lines, it’s not a game, it’s serious. I’m not gonna play around and joke and laugh with you when I’m out there.”
“Like I said, put the blame on AZ. I’m the import, I take the blame, I’m used to it. I can handle it. Give it to me.” he stated.