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03:13 PM June 10, 2014

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao couldn’t remember when was the last time Jeff Chan shot the ball this well in a conference.

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But Guiao hopes Chan will keep shooting at a high percentage as the Elasto Painters try to earn a top four finish in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

“We shot the ball very well (in the team’s last two games) and Jeff has shot the ball well also with AZ (Reid) and Paul Lee,” Guiao said, commending the 6-2 former Far Eastern University standout.

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Well, Chan hit a scorching 64.7 percent clip from the field in the team’s last two games, including 62.5 percent from beyond the arc to tow Rain or Shine to huge victories over Alaska and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel the past week.

His solid performances the last two games earned him his first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of June 2-8.

Chan bested Talk ‘N Text gunners Jason Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo for the weekly citation.

The left-handed Chan scattered 15 points on June 4 to lead the Elasto Painters’ torried second quarter charge on the way to lambasting the Aces, 123-72.

The game turned out to be the all-time franchise-high winning margin for Rain or Shine, while reviving the team’s top four hopes heading into the playoffs.

Guiao admitted that Chan and the rest of the team’s confidence soared to new heights during that 51-point rout, allowing Rain or Shine to carry that momentum to the team’s 117-108 victory over fancied Barangay Ginebra on Sunday in Biñan, Laguna.

Again, Chan caught fire, banging 18 points, spiked by three triples, as he joined hands with superstar guard Paul Lee in handing the Kings their second defeat in six starts.

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Rain or Shine will try to sweep its last two assignments and land a place in the top four that could guarantee a twice-to-beat incentive going to the knockout playoffs. (RD)

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