INCHEON, South Korea – The deadly Korean assassin who gunned down the Philippine basketball team in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan haunted back his victims Saturday – albeit at the sidelines.
Lee Sang Min, who broke the hearts of the basketball-loving Filipinos more than a decade ago with his game-winning three-point shot, watched the game between Gilas Pilipinas and Korea at the Samsan World Gymnasium here.
Lee became a legend in Korean basketball when he hit a dagger buzzer-beating three-point basket that capped the Sokors’ late-game comeback and shoved them in the semis of the Busan Asiad, 69-68.
The game-winning trey by Lee came after Olsen Racela missed two free throws that would have assured the Philippines a victory and a spot in the finals against Yao Ming and the mighty Chinese.
One Filipino reporter saw Lee loitering around the venue while the postgame press conference of Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes was ongoing.
But when Reyes’ press conference is done, Lee had already left the stadium.
Several Korean volunteers and liaison officers confirmed that Lee was indeed, in the building and watched Korea authored another heartbreaker against Philippines, 97-95.
As expected, Lee is a prominent figure in Korean basketball.
“He is a great shooter,” said one volunteer.