Rain or Shine’s Jeff Chan entered the match against the Star Hotshots averaging only 7.5 points per game in four matches back from an injury. He is shooting at an atrocious 26.3 percent from the field overall and only 2-for-18 from downtown.
Against the Hotshots, the Elasto Painters’ sniper finally found rhythm and poured 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting, helping the team win big, 103-88.
The Elasto Painters rose to 5-4 in the team standings and picked up their fourth straight victory. With Chan playing the way he is expected to, Rain or Shine Head Coach Yeng Guiao believes the team has finally
“Jeff Chan was injured in a couple of games. He is giving us a lot of good spacing that creates the space for our import to work the middle. He is making shots and he is really our scoring option after Paul [Lee],” Guiao said.
“When we were missing him, that’s the biggest thing we were missing. Somebody has to really step up and contribute to our offense. Now he is back, gaining confidence, and putting up his usual numbers.”
Guiao was also impressed with the team defense in shutting down the Hotshots.
“This opens the door for that slot to make a twice-to-beat advantage. To beat a team like Star, a potent offensive team, it’s really credit to the effort of the guys who really wanted to win,” he said.
More importantly, with a complete roster, Guiao believes Rain or Shine is finally getting the chemistry it needs in time for the crucial stages of the competition.
“We are gaining momentum, confidence, and our chemistry is coming back to us. Wendell [McKines] is blending with the team well. We were out of sync when the conference started but now he knows how to play with the team and we know how to play with him,” Guiao shared.