The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel has secured a twice-to-beat advantage in the upcoming quarterfinals round after they defeated the Columbian Dyip, 113-90.
Jeff Chan rediscovered his long-range shooting and was one of the reasons why the Gin Kings able to reclaim the lead in the final period.
Chan showcased why he is called “the Negros Sniper” as he delivered 20 points and shoots 7-of-9 from the field. He also made five rebounds and three assists.
Chan was also one of the five Ginebra players who scored at least 16 points.
Gin Kings started the match like a well-oiled machine and ended the first half leading by 14 points, 58-44.
However in the third quarter, the boys of coach Johnedel Cardel able to respond as they shifted the momentum in their favor after CJ Perez layup, 76-74 at the 2:08 mark.
Then Chan and Arthur dela Cruz sparked their squad as they took the driver seat and never looked back.
This game also marked the return of Ginebra’s Joe Devance and Jared Dillenger in the PBA hardcourt after got sidelined due to their respective injuries.
Coach Tim Cone gave them a few minutes of playing time in preparation for the quarterfinals.
Khapri Alston led Columbian with his hulking performance of 34 points and 22 rebounds. Yet, Alston appeared to be tired in the final quarter and he was no longer a scoring threat on that stage.
The “Negros Sniper” Showcasing His Range From Downtown
Ginebra vs Columbian Box Score
Gin Kings (113) – Tenorio 2, Thompson 4, Pringle 20, Aguilar 19, Brownlee 26, Caperal 4, Chan 20, Dela Cruz 16, Mariano 2
Dyip (90) – Perez 19, McCarthy 12, Alston 34, Corpuz 4, Tiongson 11, Gabriel 2, Camson 6, Agovida 2