RAIN or Shine top gun Jeff Chan said he was happy to repay the confidence coach Yeng Guiao who kept him as starter despite his shooting struggles in his first five games in the PBA Governors Cup.
The Gilas Pilipinas standout ended his dry spell on a rainy Tuesday night when he scored 20 points in a 120-93 rout of Barako Bull at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum while going a near-flawless 7-of-8 from the field.
Prior to his breakout game, the shooting guard averaged 5.6 points in his first five games with the Elasto Painters on 22.5 percent shooting including a horrible 12 percent from three-point land (3-of-25).
Yet, not once did Guiao lose faith in him.
“Kahit sa practice nagmimintis talaga ako, pero sabi ni coach tumira lang ako ng tumira kaya yun na lang ang gagawin ko,” Chan recalled.
And shoot he did, as his game-long offensive brilliance led Rain or Shine to that 27-point blowout of the Energy Cola and revived its hope of a twice-to-beat edge heading into the quarterfinal playoffs.
“Parang sinabi ko sa sarili ko, kailangan ko mag-take charge na. Since isa ako sa mga leaders dito, kung di ako i-score at wala pa yung iba, walang pupuntahan ang offense namin,” said the gunner out of Far Eastern University.
Chan is just hopeful the outstanding performance will be the start of a more consistent offensive rhythm for him and the E-Painters, who have lost three of their last four games before the 27-point demolition of the Energy Cola.