JEFF Chan has fully recovered from the ankle injury that sidelined him for most of the last Commissioner’s Cup.
Proof of that was another fine performance by the southpaw gunner for Ginebra in Game 3 of its PBA Governors Cup semifinals series with NorthPort, resulting in a 132-105 victory last Wednesday.
Chan scored 17 points, eight during a 15-6 run that gave the Kings a 53-40 advantage and full control of the game.
The performance came on the heels of his 12 points in Game 2, which also resulted in a 113-88 victory.
It is understandable why coach Tim Cone was all praises for Chan. “He spearheaded that (Game 3) breakaway that we had in that second quarter. He hit some big shots,” noted Cone, adding it makes it extra harder on the other side which already has to deal with Ginebra’s other weapons.
“It’s tough when you’re trying to focus on Justin Brownlee and Stanley Pringle and Japeth (Aguilar) and Greg (Slaughter), and then you got Jeff out there spotting around,” said Cone. “When he’s knocking down shots, it makes the game a lot easier for all of us.
“He was by far the best player off the bench. If he could do that the whole series, we can be tough to beat.”
Chan was quick to deflect the credit.
“I think nag-focus lang kami sa defense,” said the former Far Eastern U and Rain or Shine star.
“Every game kasi, tingin namin, defense ang makakapagpanalo sa amin. Nag-translate lang ‘yun sa offense namin. We moved the ball pretty well at nag-create ng open shots.
Sinuwerte lang na nu’ng time na ‘yun, nandoon din ako. Not only me, marami naman lahat nag-shoot ng magandang percentage.”
One thing’s for sure, and that is Chan savors the winning feeling deprived him when he suffered the injury that limited him to just one game in the last conference.
“Thankful ako na naka-recover na ako, unti-unti nang bumabalik ‘yung laro at nabibigyan na ng playing time ni coach. Gusto ko lang maka-contribute in any way as long as we get that win, okay na ako, masaya na ako,” said Chan.
Chan is far from done yet as he looks to play even better against a desperate NorthPort side in Game 4 tonight.