Alas bares reason behind Chan trade

Jeff Chan just made his Ginebra debut. PBA Media Bureau
By Ivan Saldajeno

BIÑAN--Many were surprised when Phoenix pulled the trigger on a Jeff Chan trade to Ginebra on Monday.

Sought for an explanation about the trade, Coach Louie Alas said, "Yung management namin is looking forward to the investment for the future plus meron kaming mga personnel na di namin nagagamit, so yung 30 minutes na playing time ni Jeff, pwede kong i-divide doon sa iba."

If the Fuel Masters' game on Wednesday night against the GlobalPort Batang Pier at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City is to be looked at, it seemed like the case.

Alas fielded in his entire active roster in the match, and almost all of his wards got to score, save for Joseph Eriobu, although some may argue that the seldom-used players like Eriobu and Rey Guevarra got some minutes off the bench because the team has already built a lead huge enough to virtually deal GlobalPort a defeat even before the final buzzer was sounded.

The most notable, however, were that of Jaypee Mendoza and Mike Gamboa, who put up impressive stats.

Still, Alas, now with an extra first round pick in his hands, looks forward to selecting a point guard in this year's draft.

"Gusto ko talaga nung matibay na matibay na point guard, kasi yung mga point guard ko--LA [Revilla] is good, pero combo guard si RJ [Jazul]. Talagang pure point guard ang gusto kong makita," he further said.

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