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PBA: Paul Lee’s game winner lifts Magnolia past Ginebra to draw 1-1


Magnolia Hotshots congratulate Paul Lee after winning the semi-final series closing game.  –PBA IMAGES

Magnolia Hotshots congratulate Paul Lee after winning the semi-final series closing game. –PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines–After coming close to paying the price in the match, Paul Lee hit the winning basket on Friday to help Magnolia overcome Barangay Ginebra, 96-95, and level their PBA Commissioners semifinal series with a margin. one per person at the Philsports Arena.

Down one with 5.1 seconds left to play. The veteran guard drove to the basket, nearly overturned the ball, and then recovered the pelt just in time to lift it and win the game for the Hotshots, who found another tit-for-tat with a brother from the same company but a fierce rival King Gin.

“I just focus on my shot and no longer think about whether we have time or not,” he said shortly after reaching a top 24 in the game. “Thank God there was still time to hit the ball correctly.”

“If we lose two games, it’s almost impossible. [task] for us. It will be very difficult to beat the Gin Kings three games in a row,” added head coach Chito Victolero.

This time Nick Rakocevic played even more calmly, scoring 23 points along with 20 rebounds for Magnolia, which helped them keep their form despite great nights from the Gin Kings stars.

Justin Brownlee had 34 points for Ginebra, while Stanley Pringle added 17 more — including the massive treble that gave the Gin Kings a bit of breathing space throughout.

However, Lee’s hit proved larger. “Now, it’s a series,” he said.

Magnolia and Ginebra battled for control again this Sunday at the refurbished Pasig City site.

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