Paul Lee earns PBA Player of the Week citation as Hotshots get a win run going
Veteran guard Paul Lee keeps Magnolia within striking distance of Philippine Cup leader San Miguel. Jerome Ascano

PAUL Lee is off to an explosive start in 2018, steering Magnolia to back-to-back wins in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Lee captured his first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award after averaging 17 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks this year, leading Magnolia past KIA and NLEX.

The Hotshots opened the new year by hammering hapless Kia behind Lee’s all around play highlighted by a strong third-quarter offensive.

Four days later, the 28-year-old “Angas ng Tondo” delivered big again as the Hotshots downed the the Road Warriors.

Although NLEX rookie Kiefer Ravena won his personal duel against Lee with a PBA career-high 31 points, the former University of the East star made the biggest baskets in the second half as Magnolia improved to 3-1.

Lee again played solid in the third period and Magnolia held off NLEX’s fourth-quarter stand.

The Magnolia guard beat Alaska’s Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel and Chris Banchero; GlobalPort guard Stanley Pringle, Blackwater big man JP Erram and Mac Belo, as well as San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos for the weekly citation.

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