IF coach Yeng Guiao can make a sacrifice for his team, then his players should be ready to make one for their coach, too.
With the Rain or Shine mentor forced to cancel their expensive trip to London, Elasto Painters star Paul Lee is eager to repay the gesture by finish off the Aces in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the earliest in Game Six on Wednesday.
The E-Painters failed to close out the best-of-seven series for the second straight after surrendering an 86-78 decision to the Aces in Game Five on Sunday.
“Simple lang, kailangan ipanalo namin ito para sa kanya, para sa aming lahat,” said Lee, who was one of the few bright spots in the Game Five loss where he registered 16 points, four boards, one assist, zero turnover in 28 minutes off the bench.
“Grabe na yung mga nangyayari eh,” he added. “Sinakripisyo na ni coach Yeng yung sa pamilya niya. So gagawin namin to para sa kanya.”
Lee also hopes to avert a triple whammy for the fiery RoS coach, who lost in his reelection bid for a Congress seat in Pampanga’s first district.
“Isa lang masasabi ko, we’re not here just to play in the Finals,” said the former Rookie of the Year, who was injured when the E-Painters won their first title in the 2012 Governors’ Cup. “Simple lang, siguro, call na to sa amin.”
“We’re in good shape,” said the man they call 'Angas ng Tondo.' “Nandito pa rin kami, kahit papano, kahit ano sabihin mo, lamang pa rin kami sa series. Naniniwala pa rin ako sa team na makakabalik, na makukuha namin ‘to.”