Bacoleño Jeff Chan is making his fellow Negrenses proud as he is inching his way towards stardom in the Philippine Basketball Association.
In an article posted in the PBA website, Chas was cited as one of the key factors in Rain or Shine’s back-to-back appearance in the finals.
His outstanding performance last week in the game against San Mig Coffee earned him the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honors.
He became the hands-down choice to receive the final citation from the scribes for the conference when he exploded for 27 points in spearheading the Elasto Painters’ 90-83 victory over San Mig Coffee last Thursday that pushed them to a first-ever Philippine Cup finals stint, a report from the PBA website said.
Other Rain or Shine players in Paul Lee, Jervy Cruz, Gabe Norwood and Beau Belga also did their share, but it was widely-believed Chan’s heroics spelled the biggest difference and enabled the team to wrap up the best-of-seven semifinals duel, 4-2, the report added.
Guiao praised him for delivering seven rebounds, three assists and a steal on top of his double-digit scoring, saying that Chan’s “work ethics are beyond reproach”.
The Rain or Shine coach also said that Chan’s been working hard all year long and has emerged as not only as the team’s top scorer but also one of its leaders.
Guiao said the Bacoleño cager “can hurt the opposing team in more ways than one as many think of him as an outside gunner but he can score in many different ways”.
“That makes him even more dangerous,” Guiao said, adding that Chan can also hold his own on defense.
It is on the offensive end Chan is more known for and he did little to lessen that belief by rebounding in a big way from a sorry three-point outing in a 67-79 loss in Game 5.
In that decisive game, Chan bucked a slow start by scoring nine points in each of the last three quarters, each time stoking Rain or Shine’s drive to its second straight finals stint.
His semis averages of 13.8 ppg, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists helped prop Chan’s conference numbers to 15.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 feeds, figures – providing he keeps the pace up – that should serve the E-Painters in good stead when they tangle with three-peat-seeking Talk N Text in the championship duel.*with a report from pba.com
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