SAN Mig import James Mays vows to make up for a sub-par PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut, but was nonetheless pleased at seeing the Mixers still come out with a resounding 91-75 victory over winless Globalport on Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-8 Mays finished with a quiet 15 points, six rebounds, and two assists in just 32 minutes of playing after running into foul trouble early in the second half.
“My first game wasn’t the best performance, but the best thing we did was come out with the win, and for me, I try to do other things for my team,” Mays said after the game.
The lackluster performance of the former Clemson standout was somehow negated by the superb showing of San Mig’s second unit led by rookies Ian Sangalang and Justin Melton and sophomore Alex Mallari.
“One thing about this team is we have a bunch of good players, so when one player doesn’t play well, other guys step up,” explained Mays.
As one of the earliest imports to arrive for the mid-season tournament, Mays said he had the opportunity to see the brand of play in the league beginning in the Philippine Cup quarterfinals.
He also had enough time to get to coach Tim Cone’s patented triangle offense.
The 28-year-old San Mig reinforcement admitted the need to adjust a little bit more to the physical plays in the league and the way fouls are being called – factors which he said he have no problem dealing with.
“It’s (officiating) a little different with what I’m used to, but at the end of the day, the referees are making the right calls and the guys just play through the game,” he added.
Mays though will have his first acid test when the Mixers face off bitter rival Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.