MARVIN Lee shot the lights out at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, hitting four triples in University of Santo Tomas’ come-from-behind victory over De La Salle in Season 78 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
The rookie out of Far Eastern University-Diliman scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range as the Growling Tigers pulled off an 81-79 victory over the Green Archers after rallying back from 11 points down.
Lee said he only wanted to step up for the Tigers whom he fondly considers as a ‘family.’
“Suwerte lang talaga,” said the 5-foot-8 guard. “Iniisip ko, down kami. Kailangang mag-step-up para makatulong sa family.”
Lee’s ability to shoot from the outside was put on display was primarily the reason why he was recruited by the Tigers from FEU-Diliman.
The transfer to Espana instead of staying with the Tamaraws was to get the most out of his playing year, according to Lee.
“Sinabihan ako na sa Team B muna ako. Iniisip ko, sayang ‘yung two years na hihintayin ko. Nagkaroon ako ng chance sa UST. Ginrab ko ‘yung opportunity,” he said.
At the time, Lee was still covered by the UAAP’s controversial two-year residency rule for high school graduates transferring to a different member school.
But FEU assured about his release.
“Sinabihan naman ako ng FEU na kung gusto kong lumipat, bibigyan nila ako ng release paper,” Lee said.
And he was quick to admit he has no regrets transferring to UST.
“Masaya ako sa family ko ngayon,” Lee said.
While he played his breakout game on Sunday, the Antipolo City native said he still has a lot to improve as he continues to adjust from being one of the scoring options with the Baby
Tamaraws to becoming a role player with the Growling Tigers.
“Iniisip ko na lang na hindi ko kailangang makipagsabayan sa kanila kasi darating din ‘yung time ko. Maghihintay lang ako. Kapag kailangan kong mag-step-up, gagawin ko,” said Lee.
On what he needs to improve on, he said, “Siguro ‘yung decision making and ballhandling (ko).”