Durham lifts Meralco to take Game 1 of PBA Finals

The Meralco Bolts slowly stormed their way back and steals Game One of their best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in overtime, 114-109, in front of a raucous crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday (October 7) night.

Allen Durham goes for the layup for two of his 46 points. (Photo courtesy: gmanetwork.com)

Allen Durham goes for the layup for two of his 46 points. (Photo courtesy: gmanetwork.com)

Allen Durham scored the first seven points in the extension period and dishing out an assist to Cliff Hodge to nail a three-pointer that dashed the hopes of the Kings and secure the win for the Bolts.

Durham, who carried the burden of the scoring for Meralco, tallied 46 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and a steal in 50 minutes.  He led a comeback of the Bolts we were down by 16 points in the third quarter and again by 11 in the middle of the fourth.

Chris Newsome almost obtained a triple-double with 17 points, nine boards and nine assists.  Jimmy Alapag scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter including a triple that matched the all-time record of three-pointers made held by shooting legend Allan Caidic at 1,242.

LA Tenorio, whose stellar game went for naught, paced the Kings with a career-high 36 markers.  His floater at the end of regulation sent the game into overtime.

Kings reinforcement Justin Brownlee was held to just 17 points on 7-of-18 field goals in 47 minutes.


The scores:

MERALCO 114 – Durham 46, Newsome 17, Hugnatan 15, Alapag 13, Faundo 8, Amer 5, Caram 4, Hodge 4, Buenafe 2, Nabong 0, Uyloan 0.

GINEBRA 109 – Tenorio 36, Brownlee 17, Caguioa 14, Devance 13, Mercado 8, Thompson 8, Aguilar 6, Cruz 5, Marcelo 2, Mariano 0.

Quarterscores: 31-28, 42-53, 75-80, 102-102, 114-109.


Game highlights:



Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris’ follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80’s and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Global Basketball is Aris’ second writing assignment besides Asia-basket.com. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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