PBA Fastbreak: Mays comes up big, Witherspoon flops
The Best: For the better part of this conference, James Mays has been a bit of an enigma. There have been games where he has been unstoppable, but there have also been games where he’s been mediocre. So far in this series against the upstart Express, however, the former Clemson Tiger has put together two of his best games of the Commish Cup. After racking up 27-17-6-5-2 in Game 1, Mays put up 25-23-5-1-1 last night as the Mixers beat Air 21, 82-75, to square their semis series at 1-all. After being less-than-stellar against reigning Best Import Rob Dozier in the quarterfinals, Mays has really blossomed here, putting up really high efficiency numbers against Air 21. Needless to say, if he continues to produce at this rate, maybe not even the vastly-improved Express can derail SMC.
The Worst: As for Mays's counterpart on the other end, Wesley Witherspoon struggled big time, scoring a conference-low 8 points on an atrocious 3/13 FG shooting. The usually prolific import missed all 5 of his three-point attempts just two days after making 4/7 in Game 1. Prior to this game, the former Memphis Tiger normed better than 3.5 triples per outing. He also didn’t do much else, hauling down just 6 rebounds and coughing up the ball 4 times. The 6-foot-9 wingman will surely look to bounce back in Game 3 as Air 21 hopes to continue its fairy tale adventure.
Backcourt Back-ups: With James Yap continuing to shoot blanks (the former UE Red Warrior was 2/14 from the floor), coach Tim Cone had to turn, once again, to PJ Simon to provide the scoring punch from the perimeter. Simon, of course, didn’t disappoint. He has actually been playing a little out-of-position lately because usual starting PG Mark Barroca has been coming off the pine, but Simon has still been quite effective. Simon has been norming 12.4 points per game this conference, and he came through once more, delivering 13 markers as the Mixers’ top-scoring local here. He was ably backstopped by rookie Justin Melton, who was a spark off the bench with 12 points in just 10 minutes of play. The high-flying rookie guard made all three of his attempts from beyond the arc. - Rappler.com
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