RAIN or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia knows exactly what Jeff Chan brings to the table for Ginebra and unfortunately for the mentor, the veteran's sniper's explosion had to come at their expense.
Working with the 6-foot-2 gunner for most parts of their PBA careers as coach and player, Garcia wasn’t really surprised with Chan’s outburst although he rued the fact that it had to come against them.
“Jeff is really a great player ever since. Coming from Phoenix, then he adjusted, it probably took him three or four games to adjust. But we know how dangerous really Jeff is,” Garcia said of Chan who finished with 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field.
“It's also nice to see a former Rain or Shine player play well, but 'wag sana sa amin. Pero you know, kudos to them,” he added.
The Elasto Painters trailed Ginebra early behind the hot hands of Justin Brownlee, but ultimately got back in the game after trimming Ginebra's lead to four.
That’s the part, however, where Chan delivered the killer blows, scattering 10 points in the final period to pull the plug on his former squad's comeback.
For Garcia, those are the things that they have to look out for in the second game, and they certainly can’t get frustrated anew once Ginebra starts hitting their shots.
“That's when Jeff started hitting his shots. But even in the first half, we were down by 17, we were able to cut it down to five. That's the thing that we're gonna be looking at, what we did right, and then I'm also gonna show them that when we get frustrated, we tend to shy away from what we were doing,” Garcia said.
“Actually it's more of frustration that I see, that's the problem today. We work hard to come back, they hit a big shot, then we get frustrated. That's it,” he added.
Garcia vows to be better prepared in the second game, especially against a team which he feels is the best in the league right now.
“Ginebra played, like I said from the beginning, they're the best team right now. We just have to find ways to counter their defense. They're doing a good job defensively against us, they've been changing up,” Garcia said.
“But that's the nice thing about having a series, you can adjust. Mostly tomorrow we'll do the viewing and watch what Ginebra did against us.”