Lee Kwan Hee brings Korean spice to new-look Phoenix

Arriving last Sunday, Asian import Lee Kwan Hee is pumped up to bring some Korean spice on both of ends of the floor in his anticipated debut for the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

And in his first taste of Philippine basketball, the 6-foot-3 Hee did not shy away from the physical challenge. The Korean import immediately showed his worth firing 14 points in the Fuel Masters’ come-from-behind win against the Star Hotshots in a tune-up game for PBA Campus Tour edition at the CEU Gym on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.

“The game is pretty physical, but that’s part of basketball,” Hee told FOX Sports through his interpreter, while noting that Koreans are taller while Filipino cagers are stronger.

Wanting to show his best playing outside Korea, Hee admitted he is still looking to consistently knock down three points shots but bares he is locked in to attack the basket in transition.

“I believe my biggest strength is fastbreak, I can finish hard around the rim running with the fastbreaks,”said Hee, who suited up for the Seoul Samsung Thunders in the Korean Basketball League.

Impressed by the performance of his Asian reinforcement, head coach Ariel Vanguardia sees Lee as a designated defensive stopper for his new squad.

“We know that he gives energy so that’s he did,” said Vanguardia. “He came off the bench, boost our bench, so it was a good game for him.”

The ABL champion coach, though, was quick to point out that it might not be always be the situation for Hee when the season-ending conference begins in July.

“PBA has very good scouting so I expect them to scout him and we’ll see if he will play with the same aggressiveness next game,” he closed. – By Jason Mercene

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