Two teams that are currently on top of the Governor’s Cup standings meet as the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters take on the Globalport Batang Pier in Saturday’s opening game.
If there’s one thing I’m sure of in this Governor’s Cup, it’s that Globalport will surely improve on their dismal Commissioner’s Cup record. The much improved looking Romero owned squad dispatched of a pesky Air 21 squad in their opening game, with four players finishing in double figures and other players contributing across the board.
This is clearly not the same Globalport team that rolled over and died for everyone last conference. Expect Rain or Shine to have their hands full for this one.
Let’s check out our keys to the game:
1. Keep the Train at the Station
Markeith Cummings may have scored 37 points for Globalport in their first game, but as long as Sol Mercado is on the floor, you know that the offense will flow through him. Rain or Shine will already have a hard time trying to contain Cummings, but to stop Globalport team with a Sol Mercado breaking down defenders, getting into the lane, scoring and dishing passes left and right for easy points will almost be impossible. The Elasto Painters need to keep Sol in check and force Globalport to play isolation basketball with their Cummings.
2. Paint the Paint
The Batang Pier’s local big man rotation consists of Jay Washington, Jondan Salvador and Yousef Taha. That’s not really a frontline that should intimidate anyone on the defensive end. Belga, Quinahan and Cruz should be patient and wear down this Globalport defense slowly, especially since Salvador and Taha are the type of defenders who will be overly aggressive against them. If Rain or Shine gets them frustrated and into foul trouble, then it will be open driving lanes for them all game long.
3. Rainbow Colors
If we take out Chris Tiu’s 2/2 performance from beyond the arc, then Rain or Shine just shot 4/17 from rainbow territory, “led” by Belga’s disappointing 1/6 clip. Jeff Chan’s possible return could help them here, but if Coach Yeng will continue giving his entire team the green light to shoot the open three, they better start making more of them if they want to keep on winning.
The Elasto Painter’s defense will surely be tested in this game. If Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood play meaningful minutes, then I think the team has enough to stop Globalport. If not, then the Batang Pier will find themselves atop the Governor’s Cup early in the conference.