GOAT in Game One, hero in Game Two.
Paul Lee knew he messed up when Rain or Shine let a won game slip away in the opener of its PBA Governors Cup semifinal series against Alaska on Friday.
The former Rookie of the Year had three of the team’s six turnovers in the final quarter, which the Aces readily pounced on in hacking out a 97-93 victory.
But on Sunday, Lee redeemed himself by triggering Rain or Shine’s scoring rampage in the second period leading to a 50-38 halftime lead.
He then knocked down 11 of his 21 points in the final period just as the Aces were trying to make a serious run to tow Rain or Shine to a 99-87 win over Alaska.
“Stay aggressive, play tough defense, tulong-tulong lang, saka play hard hanggang sa matapos ang game, 'yun lang,” Lee said in summarizing his game-long brilliance.
The former University of the East star, who also had seven rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes, said he didn’t need to review the the video of Game One, being fully aware of his costly turnovers.
“Tingin ko 'di na dapat eh (review his mistakes in Game One). Alam ko sa sarili ko 'yung nangyari kung ano yung cause bakit kami natalo sa last game, so I just made sure di na mangyari uli 'yun,” he added.
Lee said with the best-of-five series tied at 1-1, he hoped Rain or Shine will sustain its energy and aggressiveness to move a step closer to a return trip to the PBA Finals.
“Siguro kapag naging aggressive lang kami, ganyan talaga mangyayari. Nasa amin talaga kung ano kalalabasan ng game,” he said.