THE weeklong break heading to the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals has given veteran gunner Jeff Chan an opportunity to recharge and regain back his shooting touch in time for the tough grind ahead for Rain or Shine in its best-of-seven series against Alaska.
One of the Elasto Painters’ reliable shooters, Chan has yet to come up with a consistent scoring stretch in the season-opening conference, partly due to fatigue following his stint with Gilas Pilipinas during the off-season, and with his recent bout with the flu that kept him out for a few games.
“Siguro mas nakaka-recover na ako. At least, nadagdagan yung conditioning namin at saktong pagdating ng semis, puwede na kami makipag-bakbakan,” Chan confided to Spin.ph shortly after practice Wednesday.
Game One of the Elasto Painters-Aces series is on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Although Chan is still averages 12.4 points this conference, the left-handed Rain or Shine shooting guard admitted he needed to get his legs and conditioning back after contracting the flu.
“Nagka-trangkaso ako eh, five days ako nawala so nasa kama lang ako. Tapos, pagbalik ko, two days na lang may game ulit, so pagdating sa game, wala ng lakas. Mahirap eh,” said Chan, whose team is on a seven-game winning streak going to the series opener with the Aces.
To regain back his strength, the native of Bacolod City is spending a lot of time in the gym, lifting weights and doing plyometrics, hopeful that by the time he swings back to action, he’ll be ready against the defensive-minded Aces.
“Nag-extra shooting lang every day, kailangan ko din talaga magpalakas dahil galing din ako sa sakit kaya yun, nagpa-plyo, doing some weights. Eh kasi last two games, wala talaga akong lakas eh. I needed that for my shooting,” said the guard out of Far Eastern University.
Chan shot just 38 percent from the field during the 11 games the team played in the elimination round, which the Elasto Painters finished with a 9-2 (win-loss) record.
But there were plenty of teammates who covered his back at the time he was struggling offensively, notably Jonathan Uyloan and TY Tang.
Chan just averaged 5.6 points in his first five games with Rain or Shine on 22.5 percent shooting, including a horrible 12 percent from three-point land (3-of-25).