GILAS mainstay Jeff Chan finally broke out of his long shooting slump as he joined hands with import Arizona Reid in leading Rain or Shine to a surprisingly easy 120-93 whipping of Barako Bul in their PBA Governors Cup match on a rainy Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Struggling with his shot since rejoining the E-Painters after his stint with Gilas, Chan went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc as he poured in 20 points to help Rain or Shine to its fourth win in seven tries on a night when areas near the Big Dome were hit by flash floods.
“We finally played well after a long time. Jeff got his bearings back as he hit his outside shots tonight,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, whose team had lost three of its last four outings.
The 120 points was a conference-high for the E-Painters, who, just four days ago, was held to a conference-low 76 points by the Meralco Bolts.
“We prepared really hard. We know this is a big game for us,” said the outspoken Rain or Shine mentor, whose team also registered the conference’s biggest winning margin.
“But I wasn’t too sure if our offense will click tonight. Medyo masama talaga offense namin. Losing three of our last four was bad and our offense was really awful, but I just asked the guys to look to score.”
Barako Bull suffered its second lopsided loss in just a span of one week since dropping a humiliating 87-112 defeat to Petron on September 3.
The E-Painters came in handicapped as Paul Lee sat out Tuesday night’s game due to a right elbow injury, while rookie Chris Tiu is still overseas attending to personal matters.
The E-Painters shot 50 percent from the field (44-of-88) as Reid led the way with 34 points on top of 10 rebounds and two steals, getting ample time to rest for much of the game since Barako Bull failed to give a decent fight in the second half.
Mike Singletary led the Barako Bulls with 31 points and 13 rebounds, while Danny Seigle added 19 and seven boards.
Rain or Shine 120 - Reid 34, Chan 20, Uyloan 12, Rodriguez 12, Norwood 11, Arana 10, Matias 8, Cruz 7, Tang 4, Ibanes 2, Jaime 0, Belga 0, Quinahan 0.
Barako 93 - Singletary 31, Seigle 19, Macapagal 9, Jensen 7, Cruz 7, Buenafe 6, Weinstein 5, Monfort 2, Intal 2, Gonzales 2, Pena 2, Villanueva 1, Marcelo 0, Bulawan 0, Pennisi 0.
Quarters: 27-19, 58-40, 86-64, 120-93