COACH Yeng Guiao’s shape-up-or-get-traded warning woke up the competitive nature of resident gunner Jeff Chan, who churned out his first PBA career double-double in Rain or Shine’s 99-71 walloping of Barako Bull on Friday.
The 6-2 Chan banged in a season-high 23 points, while showing his aggressiveness on the boards, hauling down a career-high 10 rebounds in close to 29 minutes of action.
“Actually twice or thrice na niya (Guiao) naging reminder eh, so siguro natakot din yung iba eh, though actually, natakot din ako, kasi dapat din magpakita dahil single-round (format only) tapos tambak pa, kailangan talaga mas maraming wins as much as possible,” Chan told sportswriters after the game.
The left-handed shooter out of Far Eastern University said their recent viewing of the tape of the team’s 99-76 loss to Talk ‘N Text served as an eye-opener for the team which could only open the season with an even 2-2 record.
“Nakakinis eh. Nung nakita naming 'yung video (tape against Rain or Shine), kami mismong mga players, sabi namin, ‘Oo nga, mali nga iyon.' Hopefully, mag-improve kami sa next game,” added the Gilas mainstay.
Chan is hopeful that his four three-pointers against Barako Bull would be the start of better shooting nights, considering he only shot 27 percent from the field in the team’s first four games.
“Sana mag-tuloy-tuloy lang (ang magandang shooting). I’ll do anything sa team para manalo,” said the native of Bacolod City.