NO ifs, not buts. Jeff Chan, Rain or Shine’s deadly outside gunner, credited the Talk `N Text defense for his shooting in Game One of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Chan, last year’s Most Improved Player, was shackled no end by the Tropang Texters throughout the series opener as he missed all his attempts from three-point range. He finished the game just shooting 3-of-12 from the field.
“Maganda defense nila and switching nung last part,” said the former Far Eastern University stalwart who has blossomed to become one of the league’s best perimeter shooters today.
“Bad shooting night sa team lalo na sa three points,” the Bacolod hotshot added. “I think lahat ng departments natalo namin sila except sa three points tsaka daming forced shots, tapos last minutes ng game may turnovers at hindi namin na-convert mga big shots.”
But despite being out of his rhythm, Chan believes Rain or Shine had the chance to win the game had they executed well down the stretch.
“Pero kahit masama shooting namin, may chance kami manalo. Hindi lang kami nakapag-execute.”
He remains confident his team can recover in Game Two, even believing the best-of-seven series will go to the limit.
“It’s just one game. Hindi kami down agad sa talo. Makakabawi kami sa Game Two. I think it will go to a Game Seven.”