RAIN or Shine combo guard Paul Lee knows he let his team down due to his poor shooting night in Game One, but that doesn't mean he'll stop shooting.
Just days after being declared by coach Yeng Guiao as 'the best guard in the PBA,' the 25-year-old Lee struggled in the opener of the Philippine Cup semifinal playoff which the Elasto Painters lost to Alaska, 80-87, on Thursday night.
The former Rookie of the Year awardee finished with just seven points on a cold 3-of-13 shooting from the floor and was hardly a factor when Alaska came charging back from a 17-point first-half deficit.
“Siguro bad night lang talaga kaya medyo kaya nahirapan kami manalo," he said. "Kasi ang sama ng shooting percentage ko, kaya di ako nakatulong sa team."
But the former University of the East Red Warrior said he isn’t the type of player who will dwell on a loss, opting to channel his energy towards helping the Elasto Painters even the series on Saturday.
That means he doesn't intend to stop shooting - no matter what.
“Basta laro lang ako at ido-double ko ang effort ko. Keep shooting, at kahit masama ang percentage ko, di pa rin ako titigil,” added Lee, who averages 15.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists this season.
An added motivation for Lee was the impressive showing of Alaska guard JV Casio, the 2012 top rookie pick, who banged in 16 points, spiked by three triples, as well as RJ Jazul, who finished with 13.
“Challenge sa akin yun (big games by Casio and Jazul). Dodoblehin ko yung effort ko kung kina-kailangan para matapan ang efforts nila,” vowed the Rain or Shine star.
Game Two of the best-of-seven series is on Saturday, 5 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena.