He could not finish tonight with a better note for Paul Lee. Magnolia, after some mysterious moments in the semi-finals of the PBA governor's governing body and the guard of the point, who earned another shot in the national squad with two double-throws in free-throw.
The trio-duplicate Romeo Travis was the fuel in the Hotshots 103-99 victory over the Elite, but Lee also won: he won 22 points and hid himself against the triple triumph by Blackwater's Nards Pinto before knocking down two free that the game is out of reach.
Magnolia will have full-time in the semi-finals, number 1 Barangay Ginebra, defender of the champion, and will advance through the methodical game 111-75 no. 8 NLEX in another game.
In front of the court against Gin Kings, the Road Roaders Coach Yeng Guiao held a court in the Press Room Coliseum, where he announced 20 members of the national pool, from which he will prepare 12 players representing the country in the upcoming Fiba World Championship in the qualification window.
Lee wrote the list; naturalized player Andray Blatche – for as long as the anchor of the Philippine quintets in the Fiba tournaments is not.
"We wanted to keep chemistry already in the group of (naturalized players) Christian Standhardinger and Stanley Pringle," explained Guiao. "In addition, it's hard to oppose Christian numbers in Asian games and past windows."
John Lee in the pool was San Miguel Beer, who decided on Standhardinger, Jun Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot, Greg Slaughter, Barthay Ginebra, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson and LA Tenorio, TNT KaTropa Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, Rain or Shine's Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood, Lee's co-owner Magnolia Ian Sangalang, Matthew Wright of Phoenix Fuel and JP Erram Blackwater.
Former La Salle star and current Gilas cadet Ricci Rivero, who will be joining UP Maroons in UAAP next year, and Kano Sotto Middle School Phenom Kai Sotto from Athens also have a pool.
"We want to accelerate Kaiji's learning by offering him better opposition to play against," Guiao said.
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