No, you don’t.
The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers had the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup title within reach but Jeff Chan just won’t allow the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to go just yet.
Chan tallied 23 of his game-high 24 points in an explosive second half to allow the Elasto Painters to live and fight another day with an 81-74 triumph over San Mig in Game 5 of their championship series Sunday, February 23 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
San Mig Coffee will need to play Game 6 on Wednesday after the Elasto Painters cut their lead to just a single game with the count now at 3-2.
The game was still hanging in the balance with over nine minutes left with Rain or Shine only ahead 61-60 when Chan almost literally put his squad on his back.
The sweet shooting Chan scored eight straight points, including two treys, on a vital 8-0 run that extended the Painters’ lead to 69-60, their largest of the game. That proved to be the key run that propelled Rain or Shine to the victory that saved its campaign.
”Ayoko lang talaga matalo. Iyon lang. Ayaw ko lang ibigay agad sa kanila. Iyon lang,” said Chan, who struggled in the first half, producing only a single point before finding his touch in the second half.
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao promised his team will fight as hard as it can until the end.
”We just grinded out a win,” said Guiao. ”We’re certainly behind in the series but there’s one thing we can promise, we will fight it out to the end and we’re still looking to take the championship.”
The Elasto Painters actually trailed 35-45 heading into the intermission as the Super Coffee Mixers looked poise to finish the job but the Elasto Painters had other plans.
Rain or Shine outscored San Mig Coffee, 24-11, in the third frame to snatch the lead, 59-54, heading the final period.
Beau Belga added 10 markers for the Painters.
San Mig’s Marc Pingris played despite his eye injury. He and James Yap led the Mixers with 18 points apiece.
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS 81 – Jeff Chan 24, Beau Belga 10, Chris Tiu 9, Paul Lee 8, Gabe Norwood 7, JR Quiñahan 6, Larry Rodriguez 5, Ryan Araña 4, Raymond Almazan 4, Jervy Cruz 2, Jireh Ibañes 2.
SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE MIXERS 74 – Marc Pingris 18, James Yap 18, Alex Mallari 11, Marc Barroca 10, Joe Devance 7, Peter June Simon 4, Ian Sangalang 3, Ranidel De Ocampo 2, Rafi Reavis 1, Justin Melton 0.
Quarter scores: 14-20, 35-43, 59-54, 81-74.