San Mig Coffee's James Mays goes to the basket against Talk N Text's Kelly Williams. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – James Mays didn’t mind losing the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Best Import Award, especially after he helped San Mig Coffee to a 77-75 Game 3 win over Talk ‘N Text on Tuesday.
Instead of dwelling on the Bobby Parks Best Import prize, Mays said he wants to be remembered as the import who helped the Coffee Mixers win a third straight title.
“It would’ve been good if I won it, but that’s not why I’m here,” said Mays, who scored 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and five blocks in Game 3.
It was Talk ‘N Text’s Richard Howell who bagged the Best Import Award shortly before the start of Tuesday's game.
“I’m happy for [Richard]. He’s somebody I know and I congratulate him, but for me, it’s not just the individual award. Hopefully, I can help the team win this one and help them inch closer to a Grand Slam,” said Mays.
The Mixers were staring at a 71-75 deficit with 75 seconds to go when Mays completed a three-point play via James Yap’s assist.
He later foiled Jayson Castro’s three-point attempt and this paved the way for Yap’s go-ahead jumper that secured the victory for the Mixers.
“We’ve been down before and we came back. One thing about this team is that we all stay together. No matter if there’s adversity or we’re down, we stick together,” said Mays.
San Mig Coffee is now 2-1 in the race-to-three affair and will only need to beat Talk ‘N Text one more time to clinch the coveted Commissioner’s Cup.