PAUL Lee believes import Rick Jackson is a perfect fit for Rain or Shine.
With the 6-foot-8 banger taking care of business inside, Lee went to his customary role as the team’s outside gunner, drilling key baskets in the stretch of a 96-91 Elasto Painters win over NLEX Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Lee banged in 25 points, including eight in the last three minutes that enabled the Elasto Painters to bounce back from a sorry opening-day loss to Talk ‘N Text and register their first win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Jackson proved to be a beast off the boards for Rain or Shine after coming down with 20 rebounds, while firing away 17 points.
“Malaking bagay sa akin yung malakas siya (Jackson) kumuha ng rebounds. Maaasahan sa gitna. Iyun talaga kulang namin, yung babantay sa poposteng big men sa ibang teams,” said the former Rookie of the Year.
Although original choice Wayne Chism is already available after getting his release papers from his Israeli team, Lee said Jackson plays pretty much the same as their former import.
“Siguro yung similarity na nakikita ko, kaya nilang bumantay ng bigs sa ilalim kasi di namin kailangan mag-double (team),” observed the former University of the East superstar.
“Siyempre kailangan lang mag-bounce back kami,” he said of the team’s breakthrough win in the mid-season tournament. “Eh di lang naman ako dahil maganda naman ang nilaro ng buong team at nadun naman ang effort na manalo.”
Rain or Shine will be looking for its first back-to-back win in the conference when it returns to action this Friday against Globalport.