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Chan risks it all for a chance at winning the crown



Taking risks may sometimes lead to tragedy, but nothing is more painful than not taking one and regretting it afterwards. Rain or Shine shooter, Jeff Chan, knows the high stakes in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship, and nothing would hurt him more than losing a PBA crown and not being able to do anything about it.

Already ruled out of the series before Game 6 due to a torn plantar fasciitis, the courageous Chan surprised Finals followers by entering the game during the second period, and making his impact felt immediately.

“Lumabas ‘yung result kagabi ng MRI. Doon namin nalaman na punit yung plantar, pero sabi ng doctor dahil championship naman pwede naman mag-risk pero may pain,” Chan told reporters Sunday, after the Elasto Painters won 101-93 to force a Game 7 on Wednesday.

“Tinawagan ko si Coach Yeng, at sabi ko kung kaya ko I’ll try, may go-signal naman ni doc. Sabi niya sige, bukas maski limited minutes lang.”

Notwithstanding the pain every time he’D make a move on the floor, Chan went on to score 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting in only 11 minutes and 30 seconds of action, and made all of his three attempts from the free throw line.

Not even the pain of an injury could stop Chan from helping his team in whatever way possible, breathing new life into Rain or Shine’s chance.

“Sobrang sakit. Hindi ko na matapak everytime mag-explode ako. Nafe-feel ko ‘yung punit. Nung Game 5 nga, gusto ko nga maglaro e. Gusto ko makatulong sa team dahil andito na kami sa Finals. Ako naman, I will help in anyway possible,” he said.


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