PAUL Lee took responsibility for a turnover and missed three-point shot in the dying seconds of Magnolia's loss to Barangay Ginebra in Game Three of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.
With the score tied at 103 following a putback by Scottie Thompson, Lee threw an errant pass that led to LA Tenorio running shot then missed a three-point try that could have given Magnolia the lead in the ensuing play.
That allowed Ginebra to stave off elimination with a 107-103 victory.
“For me, parang kami ang tumalo sa sarili namin,” said Lee, who scored 17 points in the game. “’Yung offensive rebound ni Scottie to tie the game and of course, my big turnover. At least, alam namin kung paano kami natalo.
“I just took my chance. Missed it,” Lee said referring to that miss from beyond the arc.
‘Yung talo sa akin siguro na responsibility ‘yun especially na-thrown out si coach Chito [Victolero]. Isa ako sa dapat na tumayo doon. Kahit papaano beterano din tayo.”
Lee, however, insisted the loss with not dampen Magnolia's spirits, saying he still likes the chances of the team to win best-of-five semifinal series.
“’Yung approach namin sa next game, hindi naman magbabago. Keep moving forward lang. Hindi kami paatras dito,” Lee said.
Lee also saw positives after the team bucked the ejection of Victolero and came close to stealing the win, taking the lead so late in the game, 103-101, on a Romeo Travis basket.
Lee said he wasn't about to question Victolero's wisdom.
“Maganda ‘yung nangyari sa team na na-pump up ‘yung team. ‘Yun ang diskarte niya. Wala naman tayong right para kuwestiyunin ‘yung nasa isip niya. Siya ‘yung head coach. Sa tingin ko ‘yun ang naisip niyang tama,” said Lee.