JEFF Chan finally hit his first three-pointer as a Barangay Ginebra player in a win over Meralco in Game One of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.
His first three in a Ginebra uniform came late in the third quarter when he scored at the right corner, giving the Kings a 67-60 lead and drawingcheers from the fans at the Big Dome. The Kings were able to protect the lead as they took Game One of the quarterfinal series, 88-81.
Chan finished with eight points in the contest as the Kings moved one victory away from advancing to the semifinals.
“Siyempre masaya na nakatulong sa team,” said Chan after hitting his first triple in his fourth game as a Ginebra cager. “Ang importante sa amin ‘yung Game One na manalo.”
Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone was happy for the fans that they were able to see Chan finally hitting a triple.
“I hope all of our fans are happy now that Jeff has hit a three-point shot,” Cone said with a smile. “I hope there is many more to come.”
Chan, acquired in a trade with Phoenix, said Cone has given him the green light to be aggressive on offense as he becomes familiar with the triangle offense.
“Now medyo more aggressive na ako kasi nag-usap na kami ni coach Tim regarding that. Siyempre, at first, medyo parang inaalam ko pa ‘yung triangle. Pero nung nag-usap kami, sabi niya, anytime naman puwede ko hanapin ‘yung tira ko,” Chan said.
“Kailangan ko lang maging aggressive para makatulong sa team. ‘Yun naman ang kailangan nila sa akin eh."
Chan noted the importance of winning Game One in this short quarterfinal series that shifts to Game Two on Wednesday.
“Very important ‘yan. Alam naman natin na short series, ang pinakaimportante talaga Game One. We are happy na we are up 1-0 but tomorrow, back to the drawing board at focus sa Game Two,” said Chan.