HOT GUY ALERT Paul Lee: the guy who made the Philippines win against China

Man of the hour Paul Lee played hero in the Gilas Pilipinas' surprise bronze medal-finish in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China.


Right on his first international stint, Paul Lee showed that he deserves his spot in the Philippine men's basketball team.

Lee played hero in the Gilas Pilipinas' surprise bronze medal-finish in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China, where he proved that he could bring his on-court smarts and offensive prowess to a bigger stage.

Though he's a newcomer in the team, Lee sank three pressure-packed free throws with no time remaining to lift Gilas Pilipinas to an 80-79 escape over China for the bronze medal and the country's best finish in the biennial event.

“Lahat naman ng players pinangarap naman makalaro sa ganito,” said Lee, the Rain or Shine combo guard who joined the national squad just four months ago.

Lee hopes to do more when Gilas Pilipinas plunges into a grueling month-long buildup for the FIBA World Cup in Seville, Spain, from August 30 to September 14, and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, from September 19 to October 4.

National team coach Chot Reyes has yet to finalize the lineup for the two major basketball events, but Lee clearly made a strong case for his inclusion.

“Kaya ako kinuha ni coach Chot, alam niya na may puwede akong maidagdag sa team,” said the 6-foot-1 Lee.

Before his heroics in the battle for third place against the heavyweight China, Lee scored in double figures every game until the quarterfinals and dished out key assists.

Lee, who grew up in Tondo, Manila, will leave with the Gilas national pool on July 25 for a two-week training camp in Miami, United States.

The 25-year-old cager will also join the national pool in exhibition matches in Vittoria, Spain, and in an invitational tournament in Antibes, France.

“Wala namang pressure. Mas excited ako,” said Lee, who is co-managed by notable sports agents Lawrence Chongson, Edgar Tan, and Paula Punla.

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Lee,the former University of the East star who bagged the PBA Rookie of the Year two seasons ago, had been invited in the national pool before, but begged off due to personal commitments.

But this time, Lee made sure to put his country first and showed that he truly deserves a second chance to don the country's colors.

Now here are five intersting things about the country's leading scorer in the most recent Philippines VS Chinese Taipei game at the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup.

1. Sorry, ladies, but he's taken. Paul has a Filipina-Chinese girlfriend named Rubie Chua. They have been together for about eight years.

2. His passport name is Paul Dalistan, which was used on his jersey when he played in the country's most recent game at the Fiba-Asia Cup. On Spin.ph, his mom Helen explained, "Apelyido ko yung Dalistan nung dalaga pa ako. Nung pinanganak ko siya, hindi pa kami kasal ng Tito Edwin mo. Noong araw, may Family Code ruling na hindi mo pa puwede ipagamit sa bata yung apeltyido ng ama kung hindi pa kasal."

3. This cager from U.E. Red Warriors who was recruited by Dindo Pumaren from San Sebastian College is a Management major.

4. He was born on Valentine's Day—February 14, 1989, to be exact.

5. At present, he is the third youngest active player in Philippine basketball, and has already earned a formidable sature. Wuoting Mico Halili of gmanetwork.com, "...Idon’t need to be the one to convince you that Paul Lee is that good. Just ask San Mig Coffee Head Coach Tim Cone.

"To contain Paul Lee in the finals, Cone has assigned not just one, but two shutdown defenders to prevent Paul Lee from scoring 23 points on a regular basis. Defender number one is Marc Pingris."

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“Apelyido ko yung Dalistan nung dalaga ako,” she said. “Nung pinanganak ko siya, hindi pa kami kasal ni tito (Edwin) mo. Nuong araw may Family Code ruling na hindi mo pa pwede ipagamit sa bata yung apelyido nung ama, kung hindi kasal.”

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Gilas Pilipinas in the game against Chinese Taipei in the Fiba-Asia Cup?

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Gilas Pilipinas in the game against Chinese Taipei in the Fiba-Asia Cup?

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Paul Dalistan playing superbly for Gilas Pilipinas in the game against Chinese Taipei in the Fiba-Asia Cup?

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