APART from lack of aggressiveness, Rain or Shine’s Paul Lee believes Marc Pingris' resurgence factored heavily in the Painters’ 79-67 loss to San Mig Coffee in Game Five of their PBA semifinal series at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night.
“Hindi kami naging aggressive nung fourth quarter at pinatay kami ni Marc Pingris ng post moves niya. Kailangan maging aggressive lang kami next time,” the reigning Rookie of the Year said.
The fourth period not only saw the Painters unravel, with the Mixers outscoring them by 10 points after keeping the game close in the first three quarters, but defensive-minded Pingris also stepped up offensively as he fired eight of his 18 points in that stretch.
Pingris, who also had 10 rebounds, two assists, and one block in just four minutes of rest, proved true to his word that they would win Game Five and extend the best-of-seven series.
“Masyado naming pinadali ang basketball para kay Marc Pingris,” Lee said. “Nawala nga si James (Yap) pero si Marc naman ang pumalit.”
After tallying 20 markers in Game Four, Yap was held to just two points on 1-of-7 shooting in 23 minutes of play this time and was hobbled with foul trouble, picking up his fifth foul early in the third.
It was the opposite for his fellow University of the East alumnus Lee, who only had two points in Game Four and continued his slump in the first half, but picked it up in the final 24 minutes where he scored all his eight points—although in a losing effort.
“Medyo nanggigigil ako pero second half nahanap ko na laro ko. Tingin ko magdederetso na yun,” the Tondo-born playmaker said.