JEFF Chan hopes Rain or Shine would be able to defend better next time, saying it was at the free throw line where San Mig got the edge in Game One of the PBA Governors Cup Finals.
Rain or Shine actually shot better from the charity line at 75.9 percent against San Mig Coffee’s 72.2, but the latter made 19 points from 26 attempts from the stripe in the second half to help team overhaul a 17-point deficit on Tuesday.
"Binigyan namin ng maraming free throws yung kalaban lalo na sa second half. Tapos 'di kami naka-convert ng free throws namin noong fourth quarter," said Chan.
Chan also noted that San Mig Coffee's second unit managed to dictate the pace and throw them off, resulting in a 104-101 win that put the Mixers a game ahead in the best-of-five series.
"Medyo nag-relax ang defense namin sa second half kasi I think lumamang kami ng 17 points tapos noong pinasok yung second group nila, 'yung second group naman nila ang pumatay samin dinadahan dahan kami," he added.
Mark Barroca, Allein Maliksi, Ian Sangalang, Rafi Reavis and Justin Melton worked together for a combined 22-point production in the last two quarters.
"So I hope matuto kami doon and I hope na ma-prevent namin kung lumamang man kami ng ganon kalaki. Sa Game Two mas maganda siguro mas diinan pa namin para bumigay na sila. Diinan di lang defense pati offense," he continued.
Chan is suffering from hyperextended elbows still came with 17 points on 5 of 8 shooting.
"Again sabihin ko kung magchampion mawawala ang sakit," he said. "Finals na 'di ko na iniisip 'yung pain kasi pag inisip ko lalo pa ako maiilang or maghesitate."
Game Two is on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.