Star head coach Chito Victolero couldn’t ask for any other endgame situation than putting his trust on his spitfire guard Paul Lee to handle the business for the potential game-winner.
The only problem was, Lee, a known clutch performer in the league, failed to shine, allowing San Miguel Beer to run away with the Game 2 win on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Still, Victolero won’t doubt “Lethal Weapon’s” desire to will Star to victory after opting for a missed floater in arguably the same winning play that gave them the series opener win –only this time, Lee failed to find an open Aldrech Ramos in the corner.
“I’m very happy,” said Victolero as the series was cut to a virtual best-of-three. “I’m very proud na tinitira talaga ni Paul yun eh. I give it to Paul na he has the courage at confident sa ganung sitwasyon.”
Though Lee struggled to show up offensively for the second straight game after finishing with just 3 points, the soft-spoken mentor stressed that he will wholeheartedly give the same instructions to the former UE Red Warrior for a game-winning shot.
“Kung pumasok naman yun, ano tayo dito, 2-0,” he pointed out. “Di lang pumasok. Again and again, if I have a chance to give it to Paul again, I’ll give it.”
After all, despite a slow start, Victolero believes his wards are pretty much in the series since San Miguel Beer still needed some stroke of luck, Lee’s crucial miss included, to gut out a hardfought victory.
“We adjusted sa kung ano mang ginawa naming mali sa first half and then, it boils down sa gusto naming laro, which is a defensive game,” he said. “Yun nga, medyo kinulang lang kami sa huli, sa execution at konting swerte. Okay pa rin naman.”
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