IT just so happened Jeff Chan played his best game in the PBA Philippine Cup against NLEX.
Nothing personal there. Nor is he trying to impress former coach Yeng Guiao.
"Hindi naman. Yung flow lang nakuha ko na siguro. Kasi yung mga past games, wala e," said Chan after erupting for 16 points in Rain or Shine's 107-97 win over the Road Warriors two days before Christmas at the Philsports Arena.
The deadly gunner from Bacolod City fired nine points in the second half when the Elasto Painters finally turned the game around following a slow start that saw the team trail by as many as 12 points.
Chan said he's happy Rain or Shine won the match in what he said is just the first of many meetings between the team and Guiao, the fiery NLEX mentor.
Before the game, he personally went over to the Road Warriors' bench to shake the hands of his former mentor as a sign of respect.
"Ilang years din naman kami nagsama," he said of Guiao, with whom he won two championships with the Elasto Painters in six finals appearances.
He did the same thing after the game, along with the entire Rain or Shine team.
"Pero alam ko next time wala (ng ganun)," he said laughing.
For someone who played under Guiao for five years, Chan said he was expecting the usual antics from his former coach aimed at them.
Fortunately, none of that happened.
"Hinihintay ko nga na murahin ako o banggain," a smiling Chan added. "Kasi first meeting di ba. Pero alam ko next time or kung sa playoffs kami magkita, it would be a different thing."