JEFF Chan wanted to win Game Five of the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals so badly that he went to the extent of admonishing Rain or Shine teammate Beau Belga after the burly forward committed his sixth and final foul.
Chan was seen confronting Belga late in the Elasto Painters' 86-78 loss to the Alaska Aces on Sunday night following the deliberate foul his teammate committed against Calvin Abueva with the outcome still hanging in the balance.
The left-handed gunner later said the episode was just a little reminder to his teammate to always play intelligently.
"I just relayed to him na sana maging matalino tayo," said Chan following the game. "I'm not blaming anyone naman. That's what I also told the rest of the team. Maski naman si coach Yeng yun di ang sinabi, maging matalino tayo."
The deliberate foul resulted in two free throws for the Aces plus possession, eventually stretching their lead to 76-69.
Chan said he understood that Belga was by then too tired from the banging he was getting inside. But that shouldn't mean losing his concetration in the game.
"Sinabihan ko lang siya na kung foul, regular foul na lang. Or honest D na lang siya," said the shooting guard out of Far Eastern University.
The Gilas Pilipinas mainstay said the team simply let Belga get over the frustration after the game, insisting there was nothing personal about the exchange.
"Gusto ko na kasing manalo. Pahirap na ng pahirap kasi yan, " he stressed.
Still there's a Game Six to look forward to on Wednesday.
"Sana nga matapos na," he said.