MAGNOLIA enters the All-Star week on a three-game win streak, thanks in part to huge performances the past two games by Paul Lee.
For helping tow the Hotshots to a 3-1 record and solo fourth spot, Lee was named PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period May 14 to 20.
The 29-year-old combo guard posted averages of 18.5 points, 7 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in the Pambansang Manok’s past two games.
Lee had 17 points, eight assists and two rebounds as Magnolia hammered the hapless Columbian side, 126-101. He then scored 20 points, making four three-point shots, and issued six assists as Magnolia edged Meralco, 81-79.
Import Vernon Macklin, who played his farewell game before heading to China, knocked down the game-winning foul shots in the dying seconds for Magnolia.
Lee beat Magnolia teammate Mark Barroca, last week’s Player of the Week Vic Manuel of Alaska, TNT guard Ryan Reyes, Rain or Shine’s Chris Tiu and Phoenix gunners Jeff Chan and Matthew Wright for the weekly citation.
Magnolia heads to the annual PBA showcase with three straight wins and will be back for action on June 2 when it faces league-leader Rain or Shine (5-1) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.