DESPITE failing to make the cut in the PBA, guard Elliot Tan is having the time of his life with Jumbo Plastic Linoleum in the D-League Aspirants Cup.
In his second conference with the Giants, the 25-year-old Tan, the US-born son of former PBA player Alex, has blossomed into one of the vital cogs of a team that has been the league's biggest surprise this conference.
Tan, the 39th and last player to be picked in the last rookie draft by Ginebra, played his best game for the Giants last December 19 when he scored 26 points including the basket that sent the game into overtime en route to a 79-72 victory over Blackwater Sports.
“It was a nice Christmas gift,” said Tan of his heroics.
The victory over the 2013 Foundation Cup champions cemented the Giants’ status as one of the elite teams this conference. Jumbo Plastic Linoleum is now entrenched at the top half of the standings with an 8-2 win-loss card before the holiday break.
Even though he has yet to suit up for a game in the PBA, the Biola University standout said he is enjoying his stay with the Giants, saying playing for Jumbo Plastic feels like college all over again.
“We are a total team,” said Tan. “Everybody shares the ball, we enjoy each other’s company. We stick together and play for each other.”
“It’s like college. We are playing as a unit. It’s the most fun that I have playing here,” said Tan, who also suited up for Big Chill prior to entering the PBA draft.
After a victory over Blackwater Sports, Tan feels Jumbo Plastic has what it takes to contend against other top teams in the league such as Big Chill, NLEX, and Hog’s Breath Café.
“We know we can compete with everybody and match the level of play that they have. We feel that we can get a chance as being one of the top teams in the league,” said Tan.