Import James Mays' contagious energy has also a bad effect for San Mig

SAN Mig Super Coffee Mixers import James Mays is playing with tenacious energy every game like its his last game in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup.

But it’s this same attribute that is proving to be his Achilles heel in his first four games in this single-round elimination tournament.

The bruising big man has often found himself in foul trouble for being too aggressive that eventually contributed to the Mixers suffering their first loss in the tournament courtesy of an upset by the determined Barako Bull, 92-90 who showed why their monicker is Energy.

San Mig's late game collapsed
The then undefeated Mixers 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 eventuallyexploded with 20 points, but only four in the last three quarters after tallying 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

“Pero sinasabi rin namin na konting ingat lang (from fouls).”
Mays being cautious?

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 finally lived up to expectations in way of 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) this evening.

With Mays energy being contagious, expect San Mig to bounced back from that humiliating loss to Barako and will face an acid-test in the Tropang Texters.

This could have been a battle of two unbeaten teams if not for that fourth collapsed by San Mig.

--- with reports from

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