The city of ANTIPOLO-Paul Lee and the Magnolia Hotshots chose the moment to end a seven-game defeat against the Barangay defender Geneva champion.
Lee put his dagger after dagger in the hearts of the Gin Kings while the Hotshots took Game 1 with a 106-98 victory on Saturday night in the semifinals of the PBA Governors Cup at the Ynares Center here.
These blows with the guard known as "Lethal Weapon" gave Magnolia a decisive head in his best showdown for a Finals beret and, more importantly, the confidence recovered within the Hotshots, who were beaten by the Gin Kings in their seven previous meetings .
"We need to believe," said Hotshots coach Chito Victolero. "We have to send a message as well.
"When we started preparing for Geneva, I told my players that it is always a grinding game. It's the" Classic. "Emotions, the hype [are there]. The perseverance to deceive Game 1 was evident in the game. "
Lee provided most of the tests. With Geneva dragging in on 95-93, Lee scored 10 points, including a roller stroke highlighting a rotating motion through the defense guards of Geneva, in the final 3:36 to move away the game and preserve the heroics of the game. of Romeo Travis, who arrived with a monster output of 37 points, 16 rebounds and five assists.
Lee finished with 27 points, four rebounds, three assists and four robberies.
The Hotshots and the Gin Kings will return to read this Monday on the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The dismissal at 7 p.m. and Victolero was quick to remind everyone that Magnolia still has not gotten anything, and not with the ruling champion twice on the opposite end of the court.
"We are still the wretches. (Geneva) still has the skills, the talent, the coach," he said.
It was a loss lost by Geneva, leading up to 12 in the opening period.
Justin Brownlee led Gin Kings with 37 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.
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