INCHEON, South Korea -- Jeff Chan said outside shooters of Gilas Pilipinas benefited from India’s decision to go zone and clog the lane in their match up during the 17th Asian Games.
Head coach Chot Reyes made mention the nationals should try to break India’s zone by making their outside shots due to the presence of three seven-footers in the opposition’s line-up.
Chan said nothing was special in his effort that led to him finishing with 14 points including four triples that helped Gilas come away with an 85-76 victory on Tuesday at the Hwaseong Sports Complex to start the nationals’ campaign on a high note.
“Open eh. Kung open lang, just take it. ‘Yun lang. Nothing special,” said Chan on his shooting performance witnessed by Filipino fans based in Korea.
Chan said Gilas was expecting India to go zone and not challenge the team’s outside shooters. That paved the way for Gary David (13 points, 2-of-3 threes) to play his best game for Gilas this year and LA Tenorio (10 points, 2-of-3 three-point field goal) contributing heavily in the team’s 16-0 start in the game.
“Actually, basa na namin sa viewing na mas binabantayan nila ‘yung loob. Hindi lang ako eh. Si Gary at si LA din,” said the Rain or Shine streak shooter.
Despite the outburst of Chan, David, and Tenorio, India still converted more three-pointers against Gilas, 12-9, that kept the game from being blown away, with Singh Joginder, Pratham Singh, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, and Singh Amjyot each converting three triples.
Reyes stressed the importance of hitting the outside shots against Iran on Thursday in a rematch of the 2013 Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship Finals.
“Mas maganda rin kung both inside and outside para mahirapan sila. ‘Yung outside kasi, may swerte rin. Mas maganda kung pareho,” he said.