Durham, Bolts show tremendous heart in surviving 6 do-or-die games

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “We just got heart, we could’ve been down so many times before we got to this game but the guys they dug down,” said Durham after the Bots’ completed their semifinals bid with a 108-103 win over Phoenix in another must-win Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bolts had to overcome the Fuel Masters’ twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, making it an even ballgame with a 90-74 opener win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWhat’s impressive about the streak is that Meralco, which is a two-time runner-up in the conference, started the eliminations at 1-6 and had to win four straight games in order to just make it to the playoffs.Durham, a two-time Best Import, said his team has the experience to bank on in times of adversity, like in the clincher against the Fuel Masters. Almost there: Alas, Phoenix learn from playoff exit LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ After falling 91-84 with 3:01 remaining, the Bolts mounted a 10-0 run and tied the game at 94 with 19 seconds remaining after Reynel Hugnatan’s free throws.Although Jason Perkins forced overtime with a three-pointer with 7.4 seconds left to play, momentum was already on Meralco’s side.“This season we had trials and tribulations, we just stayed together and as a family, as one unit, and we were able to come out with a win against a very good team,” said Durham who had 32 points, 21 rebounds, and nine assists.Meralco started overtime on a high scoring eight straight points on the back of Baser Amer’s back-to-back three-pointers to take a quick 102-94 lead.The Bolts also held the fort on the defensive end allowing a Fuel Master field goal only after more than three minutes into overtime.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Meralco got over the hump of surviving six straight do-or-die games in the PBA Governors’ Cup, and Allen Durham knows it wasn’t just talent that kept them alive in that toughest of times.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We just got to keep fighting, whatever the score is in the end that’s something we have live with,” said Durham. “We are going to fight until the clock says zero.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img

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