James Mays of San Mig goes to the basket against Chris Ellis, Leon Rodgers and Greg Slaghter of Ginebra. Photo by Nuki Sabio provided by the PBA
MANILA, Philippines – After a modest debut, San Mig Super Coffee import James Mays showed what he is capable of with a monster double-double in the Mixers’ game against Barangay Ginebra Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum in the PBA Commissioners Cup.
Mays tallied 29 points and 29 rebounds to power San Mig to a 90-80 victory over Ginebra, days after compiling only 15 points in his debut against GlobalPort.
“He’s just everywhere,” San Mig head coach Tim Cone said of Mays in an interview with the league website. “His motor is really high. He’s a tall Rudy Hatfield who gets the loose ball and the loose rebounds.”
“We didn’t see that in his first game, but we saw that tonight. He’s a real key in our win,” he added.
Thanks in part to Mays’ sterling performance, Cone is liking their chances in the conference. “We can really be a contender this conference with him,” he said.
He was also complimentary of the performance of San Mig’s local players, who were solid in backing up Mays.
“It’s a real luxury having guys like Ping (Marc Pingris), Rafi (Reavis) and Alex (Mallari) who are tall, lanky defenders. Once one gets into foul trouble, we have others who can come in and be versatile,” said Cone.
“James was a monster off the boards, while Ping was a monster in hustles,” he said.
The victory allowed San Mig to hike their record to 2-0, while Ginebra dropped to 1-2 so far in the conference.