With none of its players having seen action in a PBA finals match prior to the start of its Governors’ Cup finals showdown with B-MEG on Sunday, Rain or Shine made up for its lack of experience by coming out aggressively and taking the Llamados out of their comfort zone.
The result was a 91-80 victory in a highly-physical first game that saw B-MEG coach Tim Cone throwing a chair into the court out of frustration.
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said that his team had more rest coming into the match, which he postulated as a factor. “We entered the series fresher while they were tired coming off a knockout game,” he said.
His counterpart Cone, however, begged to disagree.
“We’re not tired, it’s more than that. We were frustrated with all the stuff that’s going on out there,” said Cone.
The game was a heated encounter. In one instance in the second quarter, Rain or Shine import Jamelle Cornley shoved B-MEG center Yancy De Ocampo in a scuffle that underscored the atmosphere of the game.
“We knew it’s going to be like this, but I can only do so much. Players got frustrated with the way things were going on out there,” said Cone.
“But we have to do something about it and find the best way how to control these things. We tried the best possible way we can to keep our tempers in check, but we were really frustrated and it got the best out of us.”
Cone added that he plans to bring up several things to the PBA about what they felt were overly physical plays.
“Players were feeling it. We pleaded our case to the referees but our pleas fell on deaf ear,” said Cone. “We will try to break down some videos before showing it to the commissioner’s office. Otherwise, it’s nonsense to complain.”
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