COMING off a tough semifinal series, San Mig import James Mays is bracing for an even more difficult PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals where waiting for the Mixers are the unbeaten Talk N Text Tropang Texters.
“It’s gonna be a tough series no doubt. It’s an undefeated team we’re going in to,” said the 6-foot-8 Mays, whose energetic approach every game will be seriously challenged by Talk ‘N Text counterpart Richard Howell, a noted rebounding beast.
Then again, Mays said the Mixers’ concerns go beyond Howell, noting how the Tropang Texters boast of a solid local cast who have been together for a long time now and knows how to win championships.
While San Mig is coming off a tight schedule that saw the team play five games in a matter of nine days, Mays said the Mixers are definitely ready to face their biggest challenge yet this conference.
“At the end of the day, we just want to prepare and win, come out and play hard,” explained Mays, who along with Howell, are the top contenders for the Best Import award this conference.
Mays said he’ll also prepare himself mentally and be reminded how the Tropang Texters run them over before coasting to an 81-75 win during their only head-to-head match-up this conference last March 31.
“That time, we were nowhere near 100 percent, but that’s not an excuse that they beat us. And again, we gonna come into the game, remembering that (elimination round loss),” he added.
Talk ‘N Text is heading into Friday’s opener of the best-of-five series fresh from having swept Rain or Shine in their own semis affair, 3-0.
The Tropang Texters have now gone 13-0 and will try to become the first team in the 39-year history of the pro league to win the championship with a perfect record.