Poise. If you ask an avid Philippine basketball fan who is more poised between the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and B-Meg Llamados, most likely you will hear that the latter is more poised than the two. In Game 1 of the 2012 PBA Governor's Cup Final, it was a different story. Rain or Shine played like a veteran team while 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup champs B-Meg Llamados got carried away by the moment. The boys of Yeng Guiao were able to set a very physical tone early and eventually it got to the heads of the B-Meg camp including their coach.
It was the first time for Rain or Shine to play in the finals but it did not show as players like Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, Jireh Ibanes, Ronjay Buenafe, JR Quinahan, and Beau Belga took turns in helping import Jamelle Cornley overcome the much more experienced B-Meg team. RoS took control of the second half after a bruising first half to win 91-80 en route to 1-0 lead in their best of 7 finals series.
It might just be one game but for sure, poise will be a factor in this series. So far, 4 technical fouls have been called including one that led to the ejection of Coach Tim Cone for doing a Bobby Knightesque act. Fans can expect to see more "mind-game" moves in both camps in the coming games. In the end, the champion will be the more poised team in the series. Who is your bet?
RoS storms to a 1-0 lead (caloysports)
Game 1: Painters shine over Llamados (philstar)