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    'Internal' issue leads to James Mays benching in fourth quarter, says Tim Cone  

    May 5, 2014
    Import James Mays was benched by coach Tim Cone in the fourth quarter of Game 4, which the San Mig coach said is more of an internal issue. Jerome Ascano

    SAN Mig Super Coffee coach Tim Cone refused to divulge the reason behind the benching of import James Mays in the fourth quarter of the Mixers’ 91-94 loss to Air21 in Game Four of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals on Monday night.

    But it seems cracks are beginning to show in the relationship between coach and import.

    Initially, Cone said Mays, who played just 32 minutes and managed to stay out of foul trouble, was just “tired," although the American mentor eventually disclosed an “internal issue" between him and the import.

    “I’m not sure how much I want to say about it. It’s more internal than anything else,” Cone admitted after the game. “It’s in the family and we’ll keep it in the family.”

    “But he’ll be ready to come out. He got a good rest in the fourth quarter.”

    Mays finished with 21 rebounds, 14 points, and three blocks, but didn’t step on the court in the final 12 minutes where the Mixers played with an all-Filipino crew which tried to rally the team from as much as a 17-point deficit.

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    Import James Mays was benched by coach Tim Cone in the fourth quarter of Game 4, which the San Mig coach said is more of an internal issue. Jerome Ascano
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