BACK-to-back wins in the last four gained Rain or Shine a trip to the finals, and earned Paul Lee a Player of the Week citation.
The combo guard from University of the East played his heart out in steering Rain or Shine back from a 1-2 series deficit to beat Alaska and advance to the PBA Governors Cup Finals.
The six-foot Lee had 21 points, powered by five three-point shots, while adding four rebounds to lead Rain or Shine to a pulsating 123-121 overtime win in Game Four on June 26 and force a winner-take-all match.
Two days later, Lee scored the team’s last four points on a tough drive to the basket and a pair of free throws down the stretch to tow Rain or Shine to a 97-94 win in their sudden death match.
The Game Five victory towed Rain or Shine to its second Finals appearance this season.
The “Lee-thal Weapon” earned his second Accel-PBA Player of the Week this conference, beating out San Mig Super Coffee’s Joe Devance, James Yap and Mark Barroca for the weekly citation for the period June 23 to 29.
“Sa amin naman, nag-trabaho lang talaga kami. Alam namin na ang San Mig, gusto nila makuha ang Grand Slam, pero sana kami ma-stop namin yun at mag-champion kami,” said the former PBA Rookie of the Year.
Lee said his absence due to injury in Rain or Shine’s breakthrough championship during the 2012 PBA Governors Cup has motivated him to stay healthy and get better, hoping that he could help his team claim another title.
“Sa akin, I just need to stay healthy lang, siyempre, eh kailagan pa rin magtrabaho para makabawi lang kami,” added Lee, who dislocated his shoulder during the 2012 Governors Cup Finals.
The Elasto Painters are playing in their second Finals stint this season following the team’s runner-up finish behind Mixers, who ruled the Philippine Cup early this year.