MANILA, Philippines – Jeff Chan exploded with 24 points to lead Rain or Shine past defending champion Alaska on Saturday’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
After having a scoreless first half, the 6'3' shooting guard began connecting from three point country to help the Elasto Painters notch a 92-78 victory, their first in the import-laden conference.
Chan backed up their import Alex McLean, who got himself outplayed by the Aces' Rob Dozier.
The E-Painters' import finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds, while Dozier had 27 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks.
"Our import is struggling a little bit, but he will learn the ropes and adjust to the situation in time," said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao in the league’s official website.
"He’s a solid, fundamentally sound player. Not athletic, but we can survive if he scores in the 20s and rebounds well."
Alaska, which was looking to rebound from a 76-85 beating it got from Meralco, was racing back against Rain or Shine, 68-72.
But Chan found his shooting touch and rained triples against the Aces, giving the E-painters a 90-73 advantage with only 2:40 to go.
In the second game, Meralco import Brian Butch killed GlobalPort with a 42-point performance to give the Bolts their second victory in three starts.
Butch tallied a total of six treys to help the Bolts claw back from an 18-point deficit with 1:26 to go.
The 6'11' import also tallied 24 rebounds that helped Meralco recover from an 85-76 loss to the Alaska Aces.