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PBA Recap: Paul Lee Saves The Day For Magnolia, Takes Series Lead 3-2

by | Posted on: December 14th, 2018 | No Comments | Sports
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Magnolia Hotshots guard Paul Lee swished his perimeter jumper with time running out to lift his team over the Alaska Aces, 79-78.

The winner of the Best Player of the Conference, Lee found himself open after a ball scramble where Mike Harris blocked the drive attempt of Romeo Travis. Without any hesitation, the player who is also known as the “Ang Angas ng Tondo” drilled his jumper.

“Very emotional ako doon kasi buong series struggle ako offensively pero I won’t give up kasi yun nga kailangan na ipakita ko na, kasi yung sinasabi namin next play kung sumablay ka next shot so I keep take those shots buti na convert ko yung huli,” said Lee.

The “Lee-thal Weapon” scored 11 points but that last basket he made is enough for them to regain the momentun as they’re now up once again in this Finals series 3-2.

Ian Sangalang lead the Hotshots with 20 points as he took over the scoring slack of their import.

Romeo Travis struggled finding his shooting touch in Game 5 as he was only limited to 10 points with an awful shooting from the field of 15 percent.

Yet, Travis still able to continue to make his presence felt as he controlled the boards where he registered 17 rebounds.

Going to the halftime break the Hotshots were leading with 13 points but the Aces stormed back in the third quarter by orchestrating a 15-2 run and was able to tie the game at 55-all.

In the fourth quarter, Magnolia once again able to mount an eight point lead with less than five minutes in the game, 74-66.

However, the boys of coach Alex Compton won’t give up as they chased their opponent’s score and tie it once again at 74-all.

At that moment, the game became a rollercoaster ride as both teams wanted to have that 3-2 advantage going to Game 6 which is scheduled next Wednesday.

Then finally it was that dagger jumper of Paul Lee the sealed the deal.

“It’s gonna be hard next game yun nga sinasabi ng mga coaches yung pinakamahirap na laro yung close out game,” Lee’s thoughts going as both teams will be preparing for Game 6.

Magnolia vs Alaska Box Score

Quarters: 29-28 | 53-40 | 65-62 | 79-78

Magnolia 79 – Sangalang 20, Barroca 14, Jalalon 13, Lee 11, Travis 10, Herndon 6, Dela Rosa 4, Reavis 1

Alaska 78 – Harris 28, Enciso 13, Racal 13, Pascual 6, Exciminiano 5, Cruz 4, Banchero 3, Teng 2, Casio 2, Manuel 2

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