MANILA, Philippines – Arizona Reid was a man on a mission to win his first PBA title before the season. Now he's walking the talk.
Reid dropped 41 points on 17-of-26 field goals and grabbed 12 rebounds as the San Miguel Beermen moved one win away from their second title this season with a 96-89 win over the Alaska Aces in the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday, July 15 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The two-time Best Import provided it all for San Miguel – from hustle to scoring and, quite simply, the intense will to win.
The Beermen, also this season's Philippine Cup champions, now lead the best-of-7 series 3-0 and are looking to close out their rivals from the first conference on Friday, July 17.
Like Game 2, Alaska looked like they could finally snatch an elusive victory but San Miguel took over late once again, thanks to Reid and Arwind Santos, and shut the door for good.
Coach Leo Austria credited this Santos block on a streaking JVee Casio as the critical play that permanently turned the tide in favor of the Beermen.
Santos also previously blocked this conference's Best Import Romeo Travis.
Calvin Abueva, who finished with 15 points including 6 in the fourth, gave the Aces hope with a baseline slam that brought his team to within 4 with 37.2 ticks remaining.
But the Beermen connected on free throws and sealed the deal.