PBA: Ginebraís Jeff Chan still getting used to being a crowd favorite

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 24, 2018 10:49 PM
PBA: Jeff Chan still getting used to being a crowd favorite
Ginebra is unbeaten in two games with Jeff Chan

Jeff Chan’s second game for Ginebra is quite better than his first.

The 34-year-old veteran scored four points in 2-of-9 shooting to go along with three rebounds and three assists in the Gin Kings’ 105-86 rout of Alaska on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

This, six days after a four-point, all from free throws, performance in his debut for the crowd favorites.

Still, head coach Tim Cone had nothing but good words for his new player. “I’m tickled pink to have him. Our team knows he’s a veteran and knows he can contribute right away,” he told reporters post-game.

He then continued, “Everybody’s really welcoming him with open arms because we know he’s going to light it up. He’s the kind of guy who will light it up just when you need it.”

Afte all, Chan’s 2-of-12 mark from the field in back-to-back games is exactly the opposite of what his career field goal percentage average of 39 – and 33 percent from deep, at that –  says.

And while he’s not hitting his usual shots, Cone is nothing but glad to see that the gunslinger from Bacolod is doing all the other things right. “We all feel bad for him because it seems like every shot is rolling in and out, but he’s making great moves, taking all the right shots, making all the right passes, and defending,” he said.

He then continued, “He’s a really good guy to have around – chemistry-wise, skill-wise, and on both sides of the ball.”

That is exactly why Chan is far from disheartened by his off shooting. As he put it, “Medyo nakaka-pressure kasi parang every time na hawak ko yung bola, ine-expect ng nga tao na masu-shoot ko. Pero babagsak din yan.”

Perhaps, the deafening roar from the Ginebra just needs some getting used to. “Sanay kasi ako na against Ginebra so now, medyo iba ang feeling na lahat, chini-cheer ka. Makukuha ko rin yan,” he said

Whatever it is, the important thing is that the Gin Kings are unbeaten in two games with the former Far Eastern University standout. “At least panalo kami. Hindi naman goal ko na maka-shoot ng apat na theee points pero talo naman. At least panalo kami,” he said.

Cone could only agree. “Imagine, we’re able to do this and Jeff is not making shots. So if Jeff starts making shots, that’s just another feather in our cap that we can use and keep moving forwaed with,” he said.

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