PBA Philippine Cup

Lee named PBA Player of the Week as Magnolia goes unbeaten

Delfin Dioquino
Lee named PBA Player of the Week as Magnolia goes unbeaten

LETHAL WEAPON. Paul Lee leads Magnolia back to the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.

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Magnolia punches its playoff ticket in the PBA Philippine Cup thanks to a series of impressive performances from Paul Lee

Magnolia completely turned its fortunes around in the PBA Philippine Cup and at the forefront of its revamp is Paul Lee.

Lee averaged 25.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists for the period of November 3 to 8 and emerged as the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week as the Hotshots punched their playoff ticket.

Off a dismal 1-4 start, Magnolia won 4 straight games during that stretch – 5 consecutive wins overall – to improve to 6-4.

Lee delivered 27 points in a 102-92 win over TNT, churned out 29 points in a 103-89 romp of Terrafirma, and erupted for 31 points in a 70-62 victory over Rain or Shine.

He then capped the week of with 14 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds in an 83-76 triumph over NorthPort.

Lee bested Phoenix’s RJ Jazul, Barangay Ginebra’s Stanley Pringle, Meralco’s Chris Newsome, and NLEX’s Kevin Alas and Jericho Cruz for the weekly citation handed out by members of the media covering the PBA beat.

Meanwhile, Aaron Black earned the Rookie of the Week honors with 5.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists as Meralco reached the Philippine Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 5 seasons.

The Bolts won 3 of their 4 games during the week to hike their record to 6-4.

Black beat Terrafirma’s Roosevelt Adams and Magnolia’s Aris Dionisio for the award. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.