ON a night when Gary David flashed his vintage form, a fellow veteran gunner also showed he still has it – and had the last laugh.
Jeff Chan knocked down a single three-pointer, but it proved enough to trump David’s three triples in the fourth quarter for Mahindra and gave Rain or Shine a four-point lead with less than two minutes left in overtime.
RoS went on to win the game, 99-95, but Chan played down his heroics, saying the E-Painters locals merely played off import Shawn Taggart, who scored back-to-back baskets and dished off the crosscourt pass that set up Chan for the clutch three-pointer.
“Sabi rin ni coach na ibigay sa post kasi maliit sa kanya (ang mga kalaban),” Chan said. “Puro kay Shawn tapos hinanap niya na lang kami na open.
“I think naging maganda kasi naka-four points siya,” he added. “Nakapasa siya sa akin, hinanap lang namin yung mismatch.”
Chan finished with 10 points, seven boards, three assists, and just one turnover in 28 minutes as he stepped up this time after James Yap did so in their conference debut.
“Ever since naman ganoon kami (ka-unpredictable), even yung kay coach Yeng (Guiao) pa,” Chan said. “Yun ang gusto mangyari ni coach Caloy na walang superstar. Anytime, pwedeng pumutok yung isang player, either local o import, para mahirap din ma-scout.”
And credit also to Taggart, who knows he has plenty of passing targets from the ROS locals.
“Hindi siya import na gusto yung bola sa kanya. Di siya bwakaw. Team player siya,” Chan said. “Talagang fit sya kasi pwede siya sa labas, pwede siya sa loob. Magaling siyang pumasa. Yun ang hinahanap namin.”
“With Shawn, he tries to get all the players involved,” Garcia said. “I told him we know you can score. Good thing he saw Jeff Chan on the corner, it was a big shot. The thing I can say is that he makes everybody look good but minsan he paces on defense.”