JEFF Chan couldn’t have picked a better time to play his best game in a Ginebra uniform as he led a fourth-quarter breakaway on the way to a 102-89 win over Rain or Shine in Game One of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinalplayoff.
The veteran gunner looked like he has completely settled down with his new squad, firing 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting including 10 in the payoff period where the Gin Kings finally broke away for good.
Although Chan admitted he hasn’t fully grasped coach Tim Cone’s system, the 35-year old believes that he’s slowly getting comfortable at Ginebra.
“Medyo kumportable na ako, medyo nakukuha ko na pero not fully. The other day nag-usap naman kami ni coach Tim regarding sa role ko, so medyo nabigyan ng ilaw parang ganun,” said Chan.
“Parang ngayon alam ko na when and when not to shoot. Syempre, again, ako hinahanap ko pa rin 'yun mga high percentage,” he added.
Ironically, Chan’s explosion came at the expense of former team Rain or Shine, where the former Far Eastern University standout won both his championships.
It was nothing personal, Chan said.
“Basta ako masaya ako with my new team now. Masaya ako na I'm with Barangay Ginebra. Masasabi ko lang, yung team na yun, yung Rain or Shine, I love that team. Maraming nangyari dun pero syempre kailangan mag-move on. Kung saan ako present now, which is Ginebra, may goal kami dito,” Chan said.
Chan also knows Rain or Shine well enough to brace for a comeback.
“Happy syempre nakuha namin yung Game One. Pero first game lang yun, may two games pa kami. Now, focus kami sa Game Two, masaya lang kami na yung execution namin on defense against Rain or Shine, nag-work. Dapat maging ready kami sa mga adjustments nila.”