Jeff Chan’s clutch jumper saves the day for Rain or Shine
Rain or Shine almost lost the ball possession in the last 24 seconds of the game, but as the team recovered from an almost turnover, the ball went to Jeff Chan’s hands and he hit a badly needed jumper to seal the victory for his team, 88-84.
The E-Painters only had a two-point advantage against the Ginebra Gin Kings at the dying seconds of the game with a five seconds shot clock differential, 86-84, if they did not delivered a bucket at that point, chances were Ginebra could force an overtime or hit an and-one or three to win. But Chan made his presence felt and sank the ball.
“Just give yourself a chance to win in the end-game and that is what happened,” Ro Shed coach Yeng Guiao said.
Chan had 15 points and three rebounds at the game, while JR Quiñahan chipped 17 points and six rebounds. Import Pierre Henderson-Niles made a double-double performance on his 12 markers and 10 boards.
Rain or Shine trailed to Ginebra as high as 19 points on the first half, 35-16, but found ways to adjust and trim the lead on the second half.
“We played it possession for possession, just hung in there and played with some patience,” Guiao said.
“We were playing to their pace on first half.”
Despite being dominated at the middle with Greg Slauther manning Ginebra’s core, Rain or Shine was able to pull down the deficit and take the lead.
“We put ourselves back in the game and that was very important,” Guiao said.
Guiao also credited Niles impact on the team for minimizing the damage Ginebra’s big men could have done against them if they haven’t gotten such wide and strong import in Niles.
“He keeps us steady, he gives us stability inside the court,” Guiao said.
Guiao thought that throughout the series, Rain or Shine should be able to dictate the tempo of the game to control Ginebra. He said that they should continue pushing the ball and go into transition.