SAN Mig Super Coffee import James Mays has been known for playing with boundless of energy.
But it’s this same attribute that is proving to be his Achilles heel in his first four games in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The well-built import has often found himself in foul trouble for being too aggressive, eventually contributing to the Mixers suffering their first loss in the tournament courtesy of Barako Bull, 92-90.
San Mig wasted an 18-point fourth quarter lead after Mays picked up his fourth personal foul with just one and a half minute gone by in the payoff period.
He eventually finished with 20 points, but only four in the last three quarters after exploding for 16 in the first 12 minutes of play.
Marc Pingris admitted always reminding Mays to try limiting his fouls.
“Si James kasi sobrang lakas ng katawan eh. Given na sa kanya 'yun. And hindi namin sinasabing huwag siya dumepensa, pero hinahayaan namin siya maglaro, para mailabas niya ang laro niya,” Pingris told Spin.ph.
“Pero sinasabi rin namin na konting ingat lang (from fouls).”
The former Clemson standout averaged 20.5 points, 17.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.0 block during his first four games this conference.
But he’s also averaging 4.2 fouls per contest, which has been a cause of concern by the San Mig coaching staff as the 6-foot-8 Mays usually ends up riding the bench for long stretches whenever he is in foul trouble.
Pingris however said knowing that Mays’ energy comes from his passion for playing the game, they don’t intend to calm him down when he’s inside the court, confident he would soon be able to adjust to the PBA brand of play.
“Hindi naman namin siya puwedeng pigilan kasi baka di rin niya ilabas ang laro niya. Alam din ni coach (Tim Cone) iyun. Pang apat na laro na namin yung Barako Bull so makukuha niya rin yan,” he added.
A veteran of the NBA D-League, Mays bounced back from a quiet debut against Globalport when he banged in 29 points and grabbed 29 rebounds to power the Mixers to a 90-80 win over the Barangay Ginebra Kings.
San Mig returns to action after a six-day break when the Mixers collide with league-leader and unbeaten Talk 'N Text (6-0) on Monday.