BINAN, Laguna – What a confidence booster a 51-point win brings to a team.
Paul Lee was glad to see Rain or Shine playing with its swagger back entering the homestretch of the PBA Governors Cup elimination round.
Thanks to the Elasto Painters’ 123-72 blowout win over the Alaska Aces last week, Lee believes the Elasto Painters’ confidence had been galvanized going to their game against Barangay Ginebra at the Alonte Sports Arena here.
“Nakukuha na namin ang rhythm namin. Si AZ (Reid) naku-kundisyon na rin saka sobrang okay `yun (win over Alaska). Iba ang kumpiyansa namin nung dumating kami sa game na ito,” Lee told Spin.ph shortly after leading the team’s second half offensive in a 117-108 demolition of the Kings at the packed playing arena Sunday night.
But make no mistake about it, the former league Rookie of the Year said the team’s conscious effort to make the defensive stops was the key to Rain or Shine’s victory.
“Nag-focus lang ako sa game at siyempre, dumepensa muna kami kaya `yung offense sumunod na lang,” he added.
Lee was at his best in the final two quarters, firing away 18 points, including a tough bank-shot late in the game to put the finishing touches to the rampaging win by Elasto Painters, who have won their third straight game to tie San Miguel Beer at fourth and fifth spots with similar 4-3 records.
Lee also credited his teammates for doing their job to make sure he gets the good looks to the basket.
“Nagtulong tulong lang kami saka kundi din dahil sa teammates ko, di rin open mga tira ko,” added the 6-foot Rain or Shine guard.
Rain or Shine could clinch one of the top four spots in the knockout round playoffs with a victory over Meralco on Tuesday and San Mig Super Coffee on June 16 at the close of the single-round eliminations.