Jeff Chan vows to be better as one too many turnovers spoil impressive Phoenix debut
Jeff Chan's 27-point debut for Phoenix went down the drain. Jaime Campos

WHILE the numbers may be impressive, Jeff Chan isn’t about to give himself a passing grade in his debut game with Phoenix in the PBA Governors Cup Friday night.

Chan exploded for 27 points in his first game with the Fuel Masters – including 13 in the second period – following the trade with Rain or Shine last week, but saw the effort go down the drain as they suffered a 107-104 loss at the hands of the Meralco Bols at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The 33-year-old gunner was 11-of-15 from the floor, 3-of-5 from three point range, and had four rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

But he also had a team-high seven turnovers – the same with new import Brandon Brown – which he said negated what was a fine first game for him with his new team.

“I think I played well din pero hindi ko rin na-lead ng mabuti yung team coz I think may mga times na pinipilit ko kaya medyo madami turnovers ko,” said the veteran wingman out of Far Eastern University.

“So isa yun bakit natalo din kami. I’ll be better next game.”

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It was a sorry loss for the Fuel Masters (2-3), who led by as many as 77-62 late in the third period and were still on top, 84-75, entering the final quarter.

Again, lapses did the team in, according to Chan, as Meralco pounced on Phoenix’s turnovers to complete the comeback win.

The Fuel Masters 22 turnovers to the Bolts' 17.

“As a team, we played well naman, pero may mga lapses lalo na nung fourth quarter,” he reasoned out. “So we need to finish the game strong and smarter.”

Chan said the next two games will be very crucial for the Fuel Masters, who are going to take on solo leader Star and TNT Katropa back-to-back.

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“I hope we will be better and ma-break naming yung consecutive losses namin because our next two games mabibigatlahat yun, and back-to-back pa,” he said.

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