As Star falls to 3-3, Paul Lee looks ahead to a fresh start at turn of the year
Paul Lee led Star with 20 points but his efforts went for naught against Ginebra. Jaime Campos

BOCAUE, Bulacan - Star Hotshots gunner Paul Lee made sure he made his mark in his first act as part of his team's storied rivalry against Ginebra on Sunday.  

Lee topscored for Star with 20 points, but his efforts went for naught as the Hotshots succumbed to rival Ginebra, 79-86, in the PBA Philippine Cup Christmas Day doubleheader at the Philippine Arena here.

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Japeth Aguilar led all scorers with a career-high 32 points with a flawless 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc, but Lee said that it was on the rebounding end, where Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson grabbing a personal-best 17 boards, that caused Star’s downfall. 

"Marami kaming breakdowns sa offensive rebounds. Doon kami nayari," said Lee in the aftermath of Sunday's match. 

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Although it was not how they wanted to end the year, Lee remained happy with how the team has fared nonetheless. After all, the Hotshots will head into the New Year with a pedestrian 3-3 card after losing its first two games. 

"After 0-2, apat na game, 3-1 kami. Okay pa rin. Marami pa kaming kailangan i-improve," said Lee. 

"Kung titingnan, bago pa rin ang team. I'm still happy na bago natapos ang taon, 3-3 kami. Yun nga lang, di lang sa gusto namin na way na mangyari to end the year. Go back to practice kami and pag-aralan kung ano ang kulang namin," he added.

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