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Chan steps up as key fifth man to offer Kings push to quarters

Jeff Chan: I’ll at all times give my finest. —PBA IMAGES

Barangay Ginebra survived a gritty Rain or Shine aspect on Sunday evening, notching a victory which means far more than the one proven on the PBA Governors’ Cup standings.

In escaping the tough-as-nails Elasto Painters, the group darlings not solely tabbed a win that saved them from falling to a deadly file that may have virtually ended their title-retention bid, however the crowd darlings additionally managed to see a model of themselves that they’d be needing come playoff time.

“We made a press release to ourselves that we will defend and I feel we’ve been doubting ourselves on that aspect of the ball. Tonight was indication that we will,” coach Tim Cone advised a pair of reporters shortly after his costs’ 104-93 triumph at Good Araneta Coliseum.

“[That is] going to set the tone for us coming into the playoffs. That’s encouraging,” he mentioned after Ginebra clinched a quarterfinal spot after rising to 6-5.

Earlier than, Cone mentioned that he was “discouraged” by his crew’s play, particularly throughout a 115-103 meltdown by the hands of NLEX final Friday.

Sparking a run

Ginebra additionally discovered a key fifth piece at a time when the Kings are lacking spitfire guard Stanley Pringle and a number of other different function gamers.

“The play of Jeff Chan has been very encouraging.,” mentioned Cone. “It’s principally Scottie [Thompson], LA [Tenorio], Justin [Brownlee], and both Christian [Standhardinger] or Japeth [Aguilar]. We have been in search of that fifth man.”

Chan scored eight of his 15 factors within the remaining body, greasing a 15-0 run that pulled the rug from the Rain or Shine problem.

“Usually, that’s Stanley after which rotating guys [like] Jared [Dillinger] and Aljon [Mariano],” Cone mentioned.

Pringle and Dillinger have been dominated out for the season on account of various accidents. In the meantime, Mariano’s restoration is taking longer than anticipated.

“We’ve been trying to find that man. We’ve been attempting to give the chance to Arvin [Tolentino]. We’ve thrown him out as a starter, gotten him off the bench … however he’s younger and he hasn’t actually settled in and brought maintain of that function. And we’re hoping sooner or later that’ll occur, but it surely’s not taking place but,” Cone mentioned.

“So for Jeff to step up and take that immediately, that’s actually large. And I feel he can step up and take that function,” he added.

Chan, for his half, mentioned he’s at all times able to ship for Ginebra, however mentioned that it’s going to take greater than 5 guys for the Gin Kings to go even deeper within the playoffs.

“Given the prospect, I’ll at all times give my finest,” he mentioned. “Nevertheless it has to not be simply me. We want a collective effort …. we’d like a complete crew effort.” INQ

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