‘Saddest birthday’ for Lee as Magnolia crumbles late vs. San Miguel in Game 6

Posted by watchmen
February 16, 2024
Posted in SPORTS


PAUL LEE (PBA photo)
PAUL LEE (PBA photo)

On the day he turned 35, Paul Lee exploded off the bench after pouring in 25 points on top of three rebounds and three assists in Magnolia’s Game 6 clash against San Miguel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals on Wednesday, February 14.

Unfortunately for Lee and the Hotshots, they could not get the win as they faded in the endgame to allow the Beermen to hoist their 29th overall title.

Personally, Lee said the loss would probably mean the “saddest birthday” for him as they failed to force a Game 7.

“Probably the saddest birthday,” he said on the heels of a heartbreaking 104-102 loss.

“But marami pa namang bagay na pwedeng ipagpapasalamat. Unang-una, natapos ‘yung game na walang nasaktan, and natapos ko ‘yung series kahit laging sinasabi sa akin na ‘di ko natatapos dahil nai-injure ako.”

Lee, whose triple sent them to a 98-92 lead in the final 2:28, said they lost focus in the final stretch, and stressed the Beermen simply wanted it more.

“Credits to San Miguel, they really wanted to win tonight, so move on, tomorrow is another day,” he added.

“We lost our focus. Na-dominate kami ng San Miguel sa dulo. Of course, maraming players ang may championship experience doon, like Chris Ross.”

Still, Lee is positive on what their current team can achieve come the Philippine Cup, saying their learnings from this conference would only make them better.

“Take a rest, move on, and prepare for the next conference. I think we have a pretty good chance sa All-Filipino,” Lee said.

“Pero ‘yun nga, marami kaming kailangang ayusin as a team. We need to be solid from start to finish, ‘yun lagi ‘yung sinasabi sa amin ni coach Chito.” (GMA Integrated News)

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