Magnolia rides on Lee's 27 points to even semis series
Mark Escarlote on Mar 12, 2018 08:55 PM
THE LEE-THAL WEAPON IS BACK -- Two nights after a quiet eight-point production in the series opener, Paul Lee was smoking in all cylinders as Magnolia tied the semifinals series against NLEX at 1-1.
Paul Lee bounced back big time after a scoring slump in the series opener by pouring 27 points in Magnolia’s 99-84 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Game 2 win over NLEX on Monday at the MOA Arena that evened the best-of-seven series to 1-1.
Lee waxed-hot with a 9-of-19 field goal shooting to erase a disappointing eight-point performance in Game 1 two nights ago when the Road Warriors drew first blood in a hairline, 88-87, in a match that saw the Hotshots lose Marc Pingris to an ACL tear on his left knee.
"We're so happy with Paul kasi nasa attack mode siya eh. Sa start pa lang talagang gusto na niyang manalo," said Hotshots coach Chito Victolero.
Ian Sangalang had 18 points and eight rebounds, Mark Barroca scored 11 while Rome Del Rosa and Aldrech Ramos contributed with 10 markers each for Magnolia, which had a 9-of-18 shooting behind the rainbow arc.
Peter June Simon, who was quiet in the first three quarters, made eight consecutive points capped by back-to-back triples to open the fourth period as Magnolia built an 80-64 separation with 9:48 left.
The lead ballooned to 87-70 on a jumper by Lee with 5:30 remaining.
Magnolia opened a 44-32 second quarter lead on an Sangalang jumper with 2:38 remaining before marching at halftime with a 48-39 advantage.
Sangalang poured 15 points in the first two quarters on 7-of-10 field goal shooting while Lee got 12 markers at halftime.
Alex Mallari finished with 13 points to lead the Road Warriors while Rabeh Al-Hussaini had 10 markers. Kiefer Ravena, who had 16 markers in the Game 1, was limited to only nine points and seven assists.
MAGNOLIA (99) -- Lee 27, Sangalang 18, Barroca 11, Dela Rosa 10, Ramos 10, Jalalon 9, Simon 8, Reavis 4, Brondial 2, Gamalinda 0, Mendoza 0.
NLEX (84) --- Mallari 13, Quiñahan 13, Al-Hussaini 10, Ravena 9, Miranda 8, Alas 6, Fonacier 6, Tiongson 6, Soyud 5, Baguio 4, Taulava 4, Ighalo 0, Monfort 0.
Quarter Scores: 27-20, 48-39, 70-62, 99-84.
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