TWO weeks after capturing the all-Filipino title, San Mig Super Coffee returns to the court for its PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut against Globalport on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Mixers will be parading former NBA D-League standout James Mays in their 8 p.m. match-up against the winless Batang Pier (0-2).
San Mig coach Tim Cone said the 6-foot-8 Mays has been working out with the team since late January, giving him the advantage as far as understanding the team’s patented Triangle Offense is concerned.
So far, the product of Springfield Armor is coping with the intricacies of the triangle, according to Cone, now the all-time most successful coach in PBA history.
“We like him a lot because he plays with a lot of energy, defends and can really run the floor well,” Cone said of San Mig’s import, a US-born Central African player.
Mays will be pitted against comebacking import Evan Brock, who averages 24.5 points and 18.5 rebounds for the Batang Pier in their first two games this conference.
Globalport coach Pido Jarencio, however, is having a rough welcome in his first conference with the team, losing his first two games against Air21 and defending champion Alaska.
Fil-Am forward Jay Washington said it will probably take some time for the team to get used to playing under Jarencio, who succeeded interim coach Ritchie Ticozn during the conference break.
“I think with the guys, there’s confusion on what’s supposed to be as a team, so on the help side, we’re still trying to get everybody on the same page,” said the 6-foot-7 Washington, who scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the team’s loss against Alaska.
But the two-time Best Player of the Conference is hopeful that everyone, including newly-acquired guard Alex Cabagnot, could settle down soon given the short tournament format in the mid-season tournament.
Cabagnot averaged 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 8.5 assists during his first two games in a Globalport uniform. He was traded to the Batang Pier in exchange for Sol Mercado, who was shipped to the San Miguel Beermen during the conference break.