PAUL Lee hopes third time’s the charm as Star gets another shot of making the PBA finals starting Sunday.
Since coming on board with the Hotshots this season, Lee has helped the team reached the semifinals in all three conferences. They failed to advance in the first two, but will attempt to make it on their third try in the Governors Cup when they match up against the Meralco Bolts.
“Another opportunity para sa amin, I hope makalusot kami,” said Lee.
In the Philippine Cup, Star went with the distance in seven games against Barangay Ginebra, while the Hotshots were finished in just four games against eventual champion San Miguel in the Commissioner’s Cup.
Lee doesn’t want to say how he sees the Hotshots’ showdown with the Bolts, who are the top seeded team going into the playoffs.
“Let’s see kung ano ang mangyari, although kailangan naming mag-prepare ng husto,” said the 28-year-old guard, whose last stint in the semis came in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup when Rain or Shine made it all the way to the championship opposite the Alaska Aces.
Star incidentally, has not been in the finals since the 2014 Governors Cup when the franchise won the final piece of its grand slam.
Game 1 of the best of five semis will be held in Binan, Laguna.
“Sana this time makalusot talaga kasi two times na semis na kami,” said the 6-foot combo guard out of University of the East.
Lee is so engrossed of earning another shot at a championship that he came fired up in the fourth-seeded Hotshots’ quarterfinal game against NLEX and scored 18 points on 5 of 10 shooting from the field in leading Star to an 89-77 win and eliminate his former coach Yeng Guiao and the Road Warriors.
“Tuma-timing lang naman ako,” he said when asked about him taking charge during the game against NLEX.
“At tsaka ang aim talaga namin ngayon is makalusot sa semis at makarating sa finals.”