Pushed towards an unfamiliar territory, Rain or Shine gunslinger Paul Lee found the right time to forget the past.
Caught in a ‘bad game’ against San Miguel Beer where he was limited to two points, Lee responded immediately as he helped the Elasto Painters crack a playoff for the quarterfinal spot.
The 6-foot-1 Lee fired away 11 markers to go with 5 assists as they sent Star crashing at the end of eliminations on Friday while forging their do-or-die meeting with Phoenix.
“Kailangan na kalimutan mo na yun, dalhin mo na lang yung mga lessons na nakuha mo. Di ka pwedeng ma-stuck sa nangyari sa ‘yo, mababaon ka lang,” said Lee.
Manning up for his forgettable outing, the ex-Red Warrior said he took the challenge to bounce back hard, even without getting a specific instruction from fiery mentor Yeng Guiao.
“Kapag ganyan naman na nagkakaroon ka ng bad game, ‘di ka na kailangan sabihan ni coach, alam mo yung dapat mong gawin, ganun yung team namin,” he shared.
The Elasto Painters now has a chance to slip into the next round should they outlast the Fuel Masters on Wednesday.
But the ‘Angas ng Tondo’ knows it will be a hard-fought battle especially now that Phoenix has a dominant import Eugene Phelps in offense.
“Yung import nila malakas. Malakas yung Phoenix actually, may beterano rin sila kung titingnan mo, hindi rin madali yung pagiging laban,” he said.
Lee only wishes he and his teammates can still double their effort to catch the final ticket to the playoff bus.
“Kailangan naming iangat pa yung laro namin, kasi kung ganito lang, mahirapan kami sa Phoenix,” he pointed out. – By Jason Mercene
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