JEFF Chan hopes the the Elasto Painters will pick up the intensity as they try to fight for survival against San Mig Super Coffee on Sunday in their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
The Elasto Painters have dropped three straight games in the Finals since opening the championship series with an 83-80 win and now face the unenviable task of trying to climb back from a 1-3 hole.
For Chan, nothing is more painful than seeing Rain or Shine fall, 90-93, in the critical Game Four after watching teammate Paul Lee’s last-second three-point attempt rattle out, allowing San Mig to escape with the win for a commanding 3-1 lead.
What makes the loss doubly painful for Chan was the fact that the Mixers’ second unit led by rookies Ian Sangalang and Justin Melton humiliated them with their stellar plays in Game Four.
“Iyung second group (of the Mixers) ang tumalo sa amin. Masyadong masakit. Sana gumising na kami,” lamented Chan.
The 6’5” Sangalang banged in 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, stepping up big-time in the absence of veteran forward Marc Pingris, who hurt his right eye after being poked accidentally by Rain or Shine center JR Quinahan during a rebound scramble.
Melton, on the other hand, added seven points, including the energy and hustle that made life miserable for the Elasto Painters.
Chan said he expects everyone to chip in offensively and defensively on Sunday as they try to arrest a three-game skid, and keep their flickering championship hopes alive.
“Do-or-die sa amin yun (Game Five). Eh kung matalo, wala na. Pero kung manalo, buhay pa,” said the 6-foot-2 former Far Eastern University shooter.
“It’s (situation) hard, medyo mahirap na but we’ll give our best.”