MANILA, Philippines — Magnolia guard Paul Lee earned the Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award for the first time in his PBA career on Wednesday, after edging out Alaska’s Chris Banchero and San Miguel’s Christian Standhardinger for the honor in the 2018 Governors’ Cup.
However, his historic night ended on a flat note, after the Hotshots were beaten by the Alaska Aces, 90-76, in Game 4 of the best-of-7 finals.
That left the series tied at 2 games apiece, with all momentum now belonging to the Aces, who had clawed their way out of a 0-2 hole.
“Siguro on our problem sa offense. More on figuring out kung ano 'yung dapat naming gawin,” said Lee after the game, when asked what went wrong.
Lee had struggled to get going all throughout the game, and finished with only 14 points.
When asked about winning the BPC award, Lee said he “got lucky" as they made it to the finals.
“Gumanda 'yung chance ko lang,” he said. “Pero alam naman natin, tayong lahat dito, maraming mas may deserve kaysa sa akin.”
Lee is, of course, very happy to have won the plum, but he would much rather prefer a PBA title.
“Mas masaya siguro kung matatapos namin itong championship. Kasi lahat ng 'yun, parang mawawalang kwenta lahat kapag hindi namin nakuha 'yung championship,” he admitted.
To do that, however, they have to solve the woes that have plagued them in the past 2 games of the finals. The Hotshots were thoroughly ran off the floor by the Aces in Game 3, and on Wednesday’s Game 4 they ran out of steam down the stretch.
Lee is not losing hope.
“Tingin ko okay pa naman, we're good pa rin. Best of three. So crucial Game 5. All-out kami doon,” he vowed.
“Hindi naman na kailangan sabihan ang bawat isa kung gaano kaimportante 'yung Game 5,” he added.
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