Jeff Chan never said die in Ginebra's 'Q'Finals Clasico' loss
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 10, 2019 10:33 PM
Jeff Chan keyed Ginebra's late rally in their "Quarterfinals Clasico" matchup opposite Magnolia (FILE PHOTO)
Magnolia was in complete control in its do-or-die contest with archrival Ginebra, Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots had a 12-point lead with under 11 minutes remaining, seemingly on their way to winning the so-called "Quarterfinals Clasico."
Only, Jeff Chan caught fire, and shot the Gin Kings to single-digits more than a few times.
Of course, Paul Lee and then Ian Sangalang would have the answer and Magnolia would go on to finish what it had started.
Still, Chan, the 11-year veteran that he is, lived up to Ginebra's famed "Never say die" mantra. "Siguro, andun lang yung opportunity. Siyempre, ayoko rin naman kasing matalo," he said.
The sharpshooter wound up with 17 points, all coming in the last 10 minutes. "Lahat naman kami, we fought. Yun nga lang, coming into the fourth, medyo malaki na talaga yung lead so mahirap na rin. Kinapos lang talaga," he said.
And so, the biggest takeaway for the Gin Kings in what proved to be their last game of the conference is consistency. As he put it, "Hopefully, yung mentality namin nung fourth, buong game sana."
Now, Chan and his teammates turn their attention to the next conference. "Siyempre, bad mood lahat ngayon kasi yung goal namin, 'di namin naabot," he shared.
He then continued, "Magpe-prepare na lang kami nang maaga ngayon for the second conference. Wala na rin kaming magagawa e."
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