JEFF Chan led a fourth-quarter comeback attempt by Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday but his efforts fell short as the Kings were once again eliminated in the Philippine Cup.
Chan scored all of his 17 points in the fourth period as he tried to will his team to a come-from-behind win over Magnolia. His efforts though fell short as the Hotshots, thanks to the heroics of Paul Lee, beat the Kings, 85-72, in Game Three of the quarterfinals.
Chan scored all but five points of Barangay Ginebra's 22-point output in the fourth period.
The Kings extended their Philippine Cup title drought to 12 years, having not won the conference since the 2006-2007 season when they beat San Miguel.
The 36-year-old Chan said he is disappointed the Philippine Cup, which he feels is the most prestigious among the three conferences in the PBA, continues to elude his team.
Adding to the frustration is the fact that Ginebra entered the quarterfinals as the third seed only to bow to Magnolia, the sixth-ranked team in the playoffs.
“Sobra (disappointed) kasi ‘yung all-Filipino, ‘yun ang hinahabol ng lahat ng team eh. Iba pa rin ‘yung all-Filipino crown na makuha mo. Akala namin may chance kami,” said Chan.
“I think pinakita lang ni Lord na marami pa kaming kulang at marami pa kaming dapat paghandaan,” Chan said.
Chan said he took advantage of the opportunity to lead the comeback attempt when he got his shooting game going.
“Nandoon ‘yung opportunity lang. Ayoko matalo. Talagang lahat kami nag-fight. ‘Yun nga lang, coming in the fourth, mataas na ‘yung lead. Kinapos lang talaga. Hopefully, ‘yung mentality namin sa fourth, buong game,” Chan said.
Following the exit, Chan hopes the Commissioner’s Cup will be better for the Kings as they enter the conference as the defending champions.
“Siguro magpe-prepare kami ng mas maaga ngayong second conference. Wala kaming magagawa. Mataas ‘yung kumpiyansa ng Magnolia at maganda linaro nila defensively at offensively. Hats off to them,” said Chan.