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Durham back for Meralco on unfinished PBA business

MANILA, Philippines – It’s that time of the year where PBA teams prepare for the season-ending Governors’ Cup.

For the Meralco Bolts, it’s revisiting a ghost of the past and hoping to banish them into the light of a new and bright day. During last season’s tourney, the Bolts fell to Barangay Ginebra in the final play of Game Six. The Bolts had their chances to win, then to send the series to a seventh and final match. However, it wasn’t meant to be.

Meralco's Allen Durnham drives as Justin Brownlee of Ginebra defends in Game One of the 2016 PBA Governors Cup finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum
The final play of that game, where Justin Brownlee launched a three from far out, well, Bolts’ “balik-import” Allen Durham still sees it from time to time (as does his teammates).

“I still have memories of that,” said the 6-foot-6 Durham, who arrived last week after a stint in Uruguay. “I still see it. I feel that we left some stuff on the court. We let get away some games that we should have won. I think if we can make some corrections then we can get back to where we want to be this conference.”

Durham played for Malvin Montevido, whom he guided to the semi-finals where his team lost to Hebraica Macabi, 3-1. While over at the Liga Capital, Durham averaged 22.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists in guiding Malvin to a 20-14 record.

“Being in South America for a few months was nice,” related Durham. “Basketball was different but it’s not bad. And the country was beautiful. Oh, yeah, they love their football up there. It was a great experience.”

Source: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/07/12/1718890/durham-back-meralco-unfinished-pba-business

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