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Lee admits Brownlee, Pringle make Ginebra a tougher team to beat


Magnolia has been Ginebra’s kryptonite in the playoffs, at least in the last two conferences.

The Hotshots defeated the Kings in their playoff match-ups in each of the last two conferences. But for Paul Lee, this time around will be a completely different scenario with Stanley Pringle and Justin Brownlee leading the charge for the Kings.

“This conference, different scenario, they got Brownlee, they got Stanley, so nandoon yung may piyesa sila para manalo every game,” Lee said after a heartbreaking 79-85 loss to Ginebra on Saturday.

Ginebra now is up 1-0 in their best-of-three quarterfinal series.

In his first playoff game with the Gin Kings, Pringle had 18 points, including an acrobatic lay-up all over the defense of Rakeem Christmas to widen Ginebra’s lead to three, 82-79, with 2:44 left to play.

“Kitang-kita naman talaga natin. Kapag ‘di nag-work yung triangle, down eight, seven seconds, most of the time yung bola na kay Stanley tsaka na kay Brownlee. Yun siguro yung naging story,” said Lee of Pringle’s impact.

“We all know naman na both of them, sobrang galing talaga mag-create ng situation.”

With the loss, the Hotshots’ backs are now against the wall, as one wrong move in Game Two this Tuesday would mean the end of their campaign.