Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao couldn’t remember when was the last time Jeff Chan shot the ball this well.
But no matter, Guiao is simply glad to see his top gun regain his stroke.
“We shot the ball very well (in the team’s last two games) and Jeff has shot the ball well also with AZ (Reid) and Paul Lee,” Guiao said, commending the 6-2 former Far Eastern University standout.
Chan has averaged a scorching 64.7 percent from the field in the team’s last two games, including 62.5 percent from beyond the arc to tow Rain or Shine to huge victories over Alaska and Barangay Ginebra the past week.
His solid performances the last two games earned him his first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award for the period covering June 2-8, besting Talk ‘N Text stars Jason Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo.
The left-handed Chan banged in 15 points on June 4 to lead the Elasto Painters’ torried second-quarter charge on the way to a record 51-point victory over Alaska, 123-72.
The game turned out to be the all-time franchise-high winning margin for Rain or Shine, while reviving the team’s top four hopes heading into the playoffs.
Guiao admitted that Chan and the rest of the team’s confidence soared to new heights after that 51-point rout, allowing Rain or Shine to carry over that momentum to a 117-108 victory of Ginebra on Sunday in Binan, Laguna.
Again, Chan caught fire in that game, banging in 18 points, spiked by three triples, as he joined hands with star guard Paul Lee in handing the Gin Kings their second defeat in six starts.
Rain or Shine will try to sweep its last two assignments and a place in the top four that could guarantee a twice-to-beat incentive going to the knockout playoffs.