Paul Lee’s impact for Magnolia goes beyond scoring

first_imgPaul Lee was scoreless in Game 5 for Magnolia. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Paul Lee went scoreless but his impact remained significant in helping Magnolia win against Rain or Shine in the pivotal Game 5 of their Philippine Cup semifinals series.Lee played 28 minutes and missed all of his eight shots from the field but the Hotshots were plus-11 when he was on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon each had 14 points and three assists while Rafi Reavis added nine points and 12 rebounds to lead Magnolia.“It’s okay if I was scoreless because they were really trying to take my game away,” Lee said in Filipino. “But I kept reading the defense and looking for opportunities. They took me out of the game, but by doing that, they left my teammates open.”“I ended up a plus-11 so I have no problems with being scoreless.”The Hotshots look to close out the Painters in Game 6 Friday night at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07Robredo to ICAD: Let’s go beyond our diefferences00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Gennady Golovkin splits with long-time trainer Sanchez over money dispute Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Paul Lee knows that it’s not about the points. It’s his leadership. His presence is the most important thing for us—how he draws the defense, how he leads his team,” Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero said in Filipino after his squad’s 82-74 win for a 3-2 series lead.READ: Magnolia closer to PBA finals return, overcomes Rain or Shine in Game 5FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I know Paul. He can score anytime but he wants his teammates to have confidence also. Now, Mark Barroca has that confidence, which he didn’t have the past games. Same with Rafi Reavis and Jio Jalalon so that’s big for us.”The Elasto Painters used their bevy of guards to hound Lee but while they were able to shut down the star guard offensively, their collapsing defense on him left the Hotshots’ other players with some room to operate. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

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