AS long as Magnolia will keep its core intact, Paul Lee sees greater things to come for the Hotshots despite losing to the San Miguel Beermen in the recent PBA Philippine Cup finals.
Magnolia was actually almost there after leading San Miguel by as many as 17 points in the deciding game, only to fall short in the end as the Beermen eked out a dramatic 72-71 win.
Lee said the experience gained by the team in its title series against the Beermen, who the Hotshots pushed to the limit, would definitely go a long way as they continue to fortify their cohesion.
"Just stay positive. We're still young, yung chemistry ng team namin," said the Magnolia star guard before leaving for a well-deserved, out-of-the country trip with his family.
"For sure babalik pa kami sa ganitong sitwasyon. Huwag lang mabi-break yung chemistry namin, kasi pag yun ang nawala, baka hindi na kami makabalik sa ganitong sitwasyon."
Despite a long underdog against the mighty defending champions, the Hotshots proved they're worthy to be in the same stage as the Beermen after taking them to the full route in their best-of-seven title series.
Heartbreaking as it was, Lee said the Hotshots couldn't do anything but to move on.
"Not this time. There's still a lot of opportunity na darating," said the 30-year-old native of Tondo.
Lee said Magnolia's championship experience in winning the Governors Cup championship last conference allowed the Hotshots to go toe-to-toe against an experience team such as San Miguel in the finals.
And while they may have closely lost the battle, he believes the Hotshots definitely learned a lot out of it.
"For sure natuto kami dito. Malaking bagay ito going to the next conference (Commissioner's Cup)," he said.(RG)