Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

Basketball

Paul Lee on Star’s poor guard play: ‘It was not our day’


Paul Lee was the nightmare of the Ginebra faithful in the first two games of their best-of-seven semifinals series in the 2016-17 PBA Philippine Cup. The proud son of Tondo, Manila averaged 17.5 points and only had 1 turnover during those two games, providing the Star Hotshots clutch baskets to seal the series lead.

But with Ginebra’s back against the wall Monday evening, the Gin Kings played as the aggressor on both ends — effectively turning the hunter into the hunted.

Ginebra, the league’s stingiest defense during the elimination round, held Star to a nine-year low scoring output, scoring just 62 points on a nightmarish 29 percent shooting clip.

For his part, the 27-year-old Paul Lee struggled with the plethora of defenders coach Tim Cone threw at him. From lanky wing defenders Aljon Mariano and Kevin Ferrer to stucky Sol Mercado, everyone did their part to stop Paul Lee, who finished the game with just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting and two turnovers.

“It’s not my day. Hindi naman araw araw pasko e.

“Hindi naman one guy yung nag-stop. The whole team talagang papahirapan ka. Iba ibang look ang bibigay nila sa ‘yo so I need to adjust to their defense,” the six-year league veteran after their 73-62 loss.

But it was not just Lee who struggled. His three backcourtmates, Jiovani Jalalon, Justin Melton, and Mark Barroca shot a combined 9-of-25 from the field that hampered any momentum they wanted to gain when Ginebra was making their late-game rally.

“It’s not our day, it’s not my day and credit to Ginebra’s defense,” Lee conceded.

Though sounding defeated, Lee knows that they are still at an advantage in this series. And by the looks of it, they already know what they will do come Wednesday as they try to recover from this crushing defeat and build an imposing 3-1 lead.

“We started slow. Masyado kaming sumabay sa gusto nila na mabagal lang yung laro. Titignan namin lahat yan sa viewing namin tomorrow,” the two-time PBA champion said.

#ReadMore  #OOThirdy
Written By


You May Also Like

Basketball

Meralco outlasted Magnolia in an emotional semis do-or-die, 94-81, to arrange yet another meeting with Ginebra San Miguel in the 2022 PBA Governors’ Cup...

Basketball

Paul Lee simply does not want to be bothered anymore by the left ankle injury he has been nursing prior to the 2022 PBA...

Basketball

Magnolia ensured that its season would not conclude too soon as it exacted vengeance on Meralco, 94-73, in Game Four of the 2022 PBA...

Basketball

Paul Lee is not one to make any excuses, but he bared that a left ankle injury has been bothering him in the 2021-22...

Basketball

Scottie Thompson has now emerged as a strong candidate for the coveted 2022 PBA Governors’ Cup Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award. The...

Basketball

Meralco withstood Magnolia’s fourth quarter rally and walked away with the 81-75 decision to even their 2022 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series at one...

Basketball

Magnolia rallied from behind to beat Meralco, 94-80, to draw first blood in the 2021-22 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals, Wednesday at the SM Mall...

Basketball

Magnolia breezed into the 2021-22 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals by handing Phoenix Super LPG a 127-88 humiliation in one of the most lopsided results...

Advertisement