Paul Lee was never caught up with his highly-anticipated showdown with rookie Kiefer Ravena as the veteran guard went through with business in Magnolia’s 105-94 demolition of NLEX Sunday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Lee fired 12 of his team-high 21 points in a fiery third quarter when the Pambansang Manok pulled away for good on the way to clinching their first back-to-back wins for the season-opening meet.
‘Angas ng Tondo’ was 4-of-6 from three-point range and added three rebounds and four assists to highlight the win made at the expense of Ravena, the sensational rookie of the Road Warriors, whose match-up with Lee served as the highlight of the match.
Ravena finished with a career-high 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting, had four rebounds, and five assists, but not enough to prevent the Road Warriors from absorbing their second straight loss for an even 2-2 record.
MAGNOLIA 105 – Lee 21, Dela Rosa 14, Herndon 11, Ramos 11, Simon 9, Jalalon 9, Melton 7, Pingris 7, Sangalang 5, Barroca 5, Reavis 4, Gamalinda 2, Brondial 0, Pascual 0.
NLEX 94 – Ravena 31, Quinahan 22, Alas 13, Miranda 9, Fonacier 8, Mallari 5, Baguio 4, Tiongson 2, Rios 0, Al-Hussaini 0, Gotladera 0.
Quarters: 30-18, 51-43, 85-68, 105-94.