PBA: Jeff Chan still not 100-percent in season debut
Philip Matel on Feb 02, 2019 10:35 PM
Jeff Chan's lackluster season debut posed no detriment to the overall team effort of Ginebra.
ANTIPOLO CITY -- After making his conference debut, Ginebra sharpshooter Jeff Chan admits he is not yet in tip-top shape as he continues to recover from his left ankle injury.
Chan had been sidelined for weeks due to bone spurs in left foot, and added that he still feels pain in the affected region. However he clarified that he is not hampered by the pain and will continue to play.
It seems that the Negros native still has not found his rhythm yet, as he only managed to hit a single field goal in five attempts, and added a rebound and two assists for his effort.
However, his lackluster season debut posed no detriment to the overall team effort, as the Gin Kings rose back to .500 with a 97-85 win against the improved Columbian Dyip at the Ynares Center here.
"Medyo nangangapa," Chan confessed.
"Medyo matagal nabakante tsaka siyempre wala pa sa top shape talaga. Mga 70, 80 percent pa lang ako e. May konti pa ring pain, so sinusubukan ko lang. Hopefully makuha ko na yung rhythm as we play," he added.
There even was an instance in the game where he and teammate Scottie Thompson collided with each other midway through the fourth quarter, causing the forward to crash to the floor, with his back side bearing the brunt of the impact.
Chan did say it did hurt, but brushed it off anyway.
When asked why he was not still 100-percent, the 'Negros Sniper' told reporters that he still needs to catch up with conditioning, and further explained that it felt like he was off the court for an extended period of time.
Mentor Tim Cone also breathed a sigh of relief as his dependable shooter had come back, and bared that he was supposed to return a week earlier in Calasiao, Pangasinan, but unfamiliarity had shelved that plan for the crowd darlings.
"It's nice to have Jeff back. He just changes how the team plays us. When he's available. It's been a long road back for him. He was close to playing last game, but at the last minute, because it was an out-of-town court, something we were not familiar a 100-percent with," Cone said.
"We decided to hold him off for one more week. And sayang we lost that game. He might have been a difference maker. But we're happy to have him now," added the coach.
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