DESPITE a 17-point win against Meralco that snapped a two-game skid, Rain or Shine gunner Jeff Chan sees a tough road ahead for the Elasto Painters as they try to climb back into playoff contention in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“Kailangan lang naming ilagay sa isip na short conference ito kaya ayaw naming mag-relax kasi ang daming 2-3 (win-loss record) ngayon,” Chan said after finishing with 21 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the team’s 96-79 win against Meralco on Wednesday.
Chan joined hands with import Alex McLean, Paul Lee, and Gabe Norwood in a crucial fourth quarter tear to put an end to the Elasto Painters’ two-game misery and improve their record to 2-3.
But with the Rain or Shine coaching staff set to make a decision on McLean’s fate by Thursday, Chan said the Elasto Painters shouldn’t even think of relaxing at this point.
With McLean’s possible replacement Wayne Chism arriving late this week, Chan said the team will have to immediately blend in with the former University of Tennessee as it prepares for Monday’s crucial game against Globalport.
“Darating siya (Chism) siguro bukas (Thursday) or Friday so walang break. Tomorrow, practice kami para mag-jell ng konti para pagdating ng Monday ready na kami,” added the left-handed Rain or Shine shooter.
Chism, a wide-bodied American, was supposed to play for Barako Bull this conference. But a contract dispute arising from his previous team in the Hungarian basketball league prevented him from joining the Energy, paving the way for Joshua Dollard to come in.
But with the contract dispute now behind him, Chism is ready to come in for Rain or Shine, with the team hopeful the 6-8 import could contribute to its playoff chase in the mid-season conference.