PAUL Lee is slowly but surely getting back his old groove after leading Rain or Shine’s charge in a 117-114 win over Alaska Saturday night in the PBA Governors Cup.
The combo guard finished with 18 points including 10 in the final period when the Elasto Painters rallied back from an 11-point deficit and pulled the come-from-behind win, their third in five outings.
Lee was 4 of 6 from the field, including a perfect 3 of 3 from three-point range in easily his best game since undergoing PRP treatment on his injured knee during the season break.
“OK na siya wala na akong nararamdaman,” said Lee after the game.
The Elasto Painters fashioned the comeback win even with coach Yeng Guiao not on the bench for most of the second half after getting ejected for committing two technical fouls.
Lee said the team is used seeing and playing without their ever vocal mentor for being ejected.
“Hindi naman first time nangyari yan. Kaya alam na namin kung ano ang gagawin namin,” added the Rain or Shine playmaker, whose three-pointer with 1:20 left put the Elasto Painters on top for good, 108-106.
“Focus lang kami. Tulung-tulong lang para makuha yung panalo,” he said.
Despite the win, Guiao admitted the Elasto Painters are still far from the same team that won the last Commissioner’s Cup championship.
“I’m still not happy with the way we’re playing. I still feel that we did not have the chemistry that we usually have. We’re still not consistent,” said Guiao.