Two days before he is set to visit his home town for a PBA out-of-town game in Victorias City, Bacoleño Jeff Chan regaled the crowd with two four-point plays to play another pivotal role in Rain or Shine's win against San Mig Coffee last night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Completing the Elasto Painters big finish was Beau Belga's triple that allowed the team to pull off an 80-79 win against San Mig.
“It would rank as one of my weirdest wins of all time. We played ugly basketball but still won the game. It's beyond analysis and assessment,” Guiao told the PBA reporters after the game.
“There's no logical explanation how we won. Maybe, it's coach Roehl (Nadurata). Maybe, his spirit was on the court,” Guiao said.
The Elasto Painters fought from the depths of 18-point deficits in the third quarter and stayed at second place behind the Talk n Text Tropang Texters (5-0) with a 4-1 win-loss card.
With RoS still down by eight in the last four minutes, Jireh Ibanes, Chan and Belga delivered clutch baskets as the E-Painters carved out the victory that stunned everybody at the Big Dome.
San Mig Coffee main man James Yap somehow hastened their downfall as he was tossed out of the game on a second technical infraction with 2:34 left to play.
Chan came up with his second four-point play in the ensuing play and, moments later, Belga struck with a trey as the Elasto Painters raced ahead, 80-77, with 1:50 left.
PJ Simon scored on a tough jumper as San Mig Coffee came to within one, 79-80, a few seconds later.
Missed free throws by JR Quinahan gave the Mixers a chance to salvage the game but lost in the end with Mark Barroca and Jonas Villanueva unable to complete a make-or-break attack in the closing
Chan, the current league scoring leader, finished with 22 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting, 3-of-9 twinners and 4-of-4 charities.
Though thrown out of the game with over two minutes left to play, Yap led all scorers with 28 points.*with a report from pba.com
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