RAIN or Shine gunner Jeff Chan felt like he's starting all over again for the Elasto Painters when he suited up for his first game with the team in the PBA Governors Cup after playing out his duties with Gilas Pilipinas the past few months.
The shooting guard out of Far Eastern University said he and teammate Gabe Norwood – also a national team mainstay – just tried to blend in again with the Painters during their game against the Globalport Batang Pier Saturday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Chan obviously struggled in the 94-74 Rain or Shine blowout after missing his first three attempts from beyond the arc. He wouldn’t buy a basket until the 5:56 mark when he gave the team a 57-46 cushion.
“May konting gigil lang pero after that (missed baskets) sabi ko (sa sarili ko) 'wait lang, relax lang, baka makalimutan mo bago ka lang dito' kaya pasa-pasa muna ako and played within the system,” said the national player.
“Ayaw naman namin (ni Gabe) mabigla kasi I think three months kami na 'di nag-ensayo so 'di ko rin pinilit,” he added.
Chan considered his game against Global Port as warm-up for the entire conference as he finished the game with four points, including 1-of-4 from three-point range and a split from the charity stripe.
“Warm-up game namin ni Gabe ito,” he said.
But he vowed to come up with a better performance in Rain or Shine’s next game against Petron on Friday.
“Wala pa 'yun (laro ko kanina) kulang pa yun. Sa next game pa 'yan (made baskets) dadami kasi magkakaroon kami ng at least five days na practice,” he said as Rain or Shine improved to a 2-0 record.