PBA: Paul Lee owns up to missed game-winner, turnover
Philip Matel on Nov 15, 2018 07:19 AM
Had Paul Lee's three gone in, the Magnolia Hotshots could have been up 106-105, but it didn't.
Magnolia Hotshots guard Paul Lee owned up to the misfired three he took that could have sent his team to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals.
With about 11 seconds left, Lee took the handoff pass from backcourt buddy Jio Jalalon before launching a contested three. It looked good, but only hit front rim before slipping through the hands of one of his teammates.
Had it gone in, the team could have been up 106-105, but it didn't.
"I just take my chance. I missed it. Yun talo sa akin yon. kumbaga siguro responsibility ko rin yon especially na-thrown out si Coach Chito isa ako sa dapat tumayo doon kasi kahit papaano beterano tayo. I think sa akin yung talo na yon," the scorer said after the game.
Prior to that, the former UE Red Warrior threw an errant pass to the sidelines with 33.3 seconds left, which in turn was used perfectly by the Ginebra Gin Kings, setting up LA Tenorio's game-winning floater.
His team also blew an 18-point lead, enjoying a 56-38 lead before surrendering it completely in the fourth quarter and even trailed by as much as 11, 100-89, with 5:08 left in the game.
Coach Chito Victolero was thrown out of the game due to improperly throwing the ball at a game official, but it sparked the team to eventually tie things up and took the lead for a short period of time.
"We’ll just keep moving forward. Kasi lahat kami naniniwala kami na kaya naming manalo yun lang ang wag mawala sa amin at sa tingin ko okay kami."
The stocky guard also credited the ejection of Victolero as a rallying point for the team, which could have won against their archrivals in a series for the first time in years.
"Yun ang diskarte niya eh. Wala tayong right para i-question yon. Siya yung coach, tingin niya yun yung tama so sunod lang kami sa kanya."
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