With just 1 more win needed to complete a sweep of the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, combo guard Paul Lee challenged his Rain or Shine teammates to go for the kill against the reeling Alaska Aces on Friday.
Rain or Shine erected a 3-0 Finals bulge on Wednesday after holding off Alaska’s spirited 4th-quarter rally to pull off a 112-108 win.
The six-foot guard out of the University of the East told his teammates shortly after their Game 3 win that going up 3-0 in the Finals is a rare opportunity, given the tough competition he has had in the pro league.
“Sinasabi ko nga sa mga teammates ko na hindi ako nakarating sa ganitong sitwasyon sa career ko sa PBA,” Lee said.
“So sinasabi ko sa kanila na huwag namin pabayaan ito dahil ito na pinakamagandang chance. Wala ng gaganda pa dito,” he added.
In the 1st 3 games of the title series, Rain or Shine’s offense was just too hard to stop after averaging 107 points.
The Elasto Painters have also knocked down 14 three-point shots or more in each of the first 3 games behind the combined efforts of Jeff Chan, Lee, Jeric Cruz, along with big boys JR Quinahan, Beau Belga and Jewel Ponferada.
Lee however, expects the Aces to give everything they’ve got in a bid to prevent a Finals shutout.
In fact, the “Lee-thal Weapon” said Wednesday’s woeful 4th-quarter effort should be a big reminder for them not to take the Aces lightly, knowing they are capable of coming back due to their “no-quit” attitude.
“Hindi sila (Aces) gumi-give up eh, so kailangan maglaro kami ng 48 minutes ng Rain or Shine basketball kaya hangga’t hindi pa nagfa-final buzzer tuloy lang ang laban at dapat team effort talaga,” stressed the sweet-shooting former PBA Rookie of the Year. – By Richard Dy
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