Magnolia Hotshots wingman Paul Lee has been named the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Player of the Week for his magnificent showing last week that saw him lead his team to a perfect 4-0 record and bring them closer to a possible top four finish after the elimination round of the Philippine Cup.
Nicknamed “Angas ng Tondo,” the University of the East product lit up opposing defenses to the tune of 25.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the period of November 3-8. More importantly, the Hotshots won all their games during that stretch to bring their win-loss record to 6-4.
Lee started the week with a 27-point explosion in the Hotshots’ 102-92 victory over previous league leader TNT Tropang Giga, a 29-point performance in a 103-89 beating of Terrafirma followed by a 31-point explosion in a 70-62 win over Rain or Shine, which he capped with back-to-back fadeaways late in the game.
He slightly cooled down with 14 points against Northport, but contributed six boards and eight assists.
The 31-year old gunner beat out Phoenix’s RJ Jazul, Ginebra’s Stanley Pringle, Meralco’s Chris Newsome, and the NLEX duo of Kevin Alas and Jericho Cruz for the weekly citation.
Meanwhile, Meralco guard Aaron Black copped Rookie of the Week honor with an average of 5.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in quality minutes off the bench as the Bolts went on a solid 3-1 record in a week to fan their first All-Filipino conference playoff hopes for the first time since 2015. (JNP)