MANILA, Philippines—In a neck-and-neck showdown towards Phoenix in Recreation 2 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals, Magnolia turned to none apart from Paul Lee to bail them out of hazard.
It was no shock that Lee, who has an extended checklist of clutch photographs to his identify, nailed the three-point bomb to maintain the pesky Gas Masters at bay, 81-76, with 55.4 seconds left within the recreation.
Magnolia import Tyler Bey, who completed with a double-double of 25 factors and 12 rebounds, wanted not to have a look at the results of the veteran guard’s clutch shot.
“I already knew it was getting in,” stated the import at Mall of Asia Enviornment on Friday after their 82-78 win. “That’s simply Paul. He already is aware of that when he will get the shot, he’ll take it and make it. That’s why I adore it.”
Lee solely had six factors within the win that pushed the Hotshots to a win away from the PBA Finals, however his bucket got here on the timeliest of instances for Magnolia. In truth, the streaky shooter had gone 1-of-4 earlier than his late triple.
But when coach Chito Victolero had something to say about it, he didn’t doubt Lee one bit. That’s what eight years of familiarity get you.
“I’ve identified Paul for eight years now and I do know he can hit any shot. He made a whole lot of photographs in our earlier video games. He made these towards Ginebra, NLEX and extra. Even in his Rain or Shine days, he’s already like that,” stated Victolero.
“And people photographs, he practices these. Each single day, he’s within the health club or courtroom and he’ll observe these photographs… Even ones from 35 ft away from the basket.”
Regardless of the shut win, although, the Victokero believes there’s no room for a similar scenario in Recreation 3.
“That’ll be the toughest recreation, the closeout recreation. I’ve been right here earlier than and I feel we have to lock in now. we don’t must have a good time, we haven’t achieved something. We simply attempt to put together once more and attempt to watch the movie on how they got here again on that double digit lead.”
The Hotshots look to shut out the collection on Sunday on the similar venue at 3 pm.