PAUL Lee expects Barangay Ginebra to make a big comeback on Wednesday as Magnolia looks to close the series in a deciding Game Three of the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Lee said the Gin Kings will definitely be ready for Game Three with head coach Tim Cone, the winningest coach in PBA history with 21 championships, at the helm on the other side.
“Kalaban mo ‘yung pinakamagaling na coach ngayon,” said Lee. “Kailangan ready kami. Hindi naman nila ibibigay ‘yun.”
The Hotshots tied the best-of-three series in a big way, beating the Kings, 106-77, to arrange a rubber match for a semifinal spot where they will be facing Rain or Shine.
Lee had 13 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in the Game Two win, but the former University of the East standout was not alone in leading the team victory as a balanced scoring attack carried the Hotshots to force a Game Three.
Lee said Magnolia fed off from its 11-0 start in Game Two and maintaining a big lead through defense.
“’Yung good start namin, ‘yun ‘yung nag-lead sa amin sa panalo namin. Maganda ‘yung game plan namin at ‘yung adjustments namin. Ginawa namin lahat.
“Nag-commit kami sa isa’t isa na whatever happens, stick to the game plan. Kung maka-shoot sila, tuluy tuloy lang. Huwag madisappoint sa nangyari at next play na lang,” said Lee.
Even with the lopsided victory, Lee said the Hotshots can’t afford to be complacent entering Game Three.
“Kahit na sabihin na nasa amin ‘yung momentum, walang nakakasigurado pa rin doon. Kailangan paghirapan pa rin namin,” said Lee.