Magnolia leaned on the second half explosion of Paul Lee to end Barangay Ginebra’s PBA Philippine Cup title bid with a 85-72 win Wednesday night in their sudden-death encounter at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Lee hit 13 of his game-high 25 points in a searing third quarter in which the Hotshots outscored the Kings, 28-13. His two three-pointers highlighted that game-changing run that allowed Magnolia to finally take control.
And just when the Kings rallied back from a 22-point deficit to cut it down to just nine, Lee was again there to bail the Hotshots out of danger, hitting a timely three-pointer that made it 81-69 in the final 2:39 mark.
“Yung mga players ko they stayed composed and knew what to do. Yun buti naka-recover kami,” said coach Chito Victolero afterwards.
Lee was 5-of-8 from three-pointer and added five rebounds and three assists.