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MERALCO’S six-game losing spell is over, and two-time PBA Best Import awardee Allen Durham couldn’t be happier.
“I don’t think I have lost this much consecutive games, so this is new to me,” Durham said after the team’s sixth straight setback at the hands of NorthPort Batang Pier last Friday.
Durham and teammate Baser Amer made sure there will be no seventh straight setback.
Durham did everything posisble -- 36 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks -- as Meralco finally snapped out of their losing skid with a come-from-behind 10-8-105 win over NLEX in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Still, Amer provided the big difference.
Amer scored the game’s last six points, including a three-point play that finally tied the score at 105-all with 36 seconds left and the go-ahead three-pointer with 15 seconds left for the final score, 108-105.
Durham actually missed two free throws with still nine seconds left, but came up with a huge block on Juami Tiongson’s potential game-tying three-pointer with only one second left.
Amer finished with 22 points, including 17 in the payoff period, plus seven rebounds, four steals and three assists.
In all, Durham and Amer combined for 33 points in the fourth quarter alone and came up with the crucial plays that heped the Bolts to win their first game in almost two months.
The Bolts improved to 2-6 in a tie with NorthPort for ninth to 10th places.
NLEX import Aaron Fuller, finished with 31 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, but fouled out of the game in the final 45 seconds.
Larry Fonacier added 21 points, five assists and four rebounds and JR Quinahan had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Road Warriors, who fell to 4-5 despite leading by as many as 16 points.
The game was tenslely-fought that even coaches Norman Black of Meralco and Yeng Guiao of NLEX and figured in a verbal altercation. The two coaches were slapped with technical fouls.
“We struggled throughout the game. We've been struggling a lot lately, “said Black.
“Our defense is really not on point right now. But the players did not give up in this game, kept on fighting until the very end and we got the win to keep our flickering hopes alive .”
Meralco (108) -- Durham 36, Amer 22, Newsome 14, Hugnatan 12, Hodge 10, Caram 8, Lanete 2, Salva 2, Jamito 2, Faundo 0, Atkins 0, Tolomia 0.
NLEX (105) -- Fuller 31, Fonacier 21, Quinahan 17, Ighalo 9, Galanza 6, Tallo 5, Marcelo 4, Taulava 3, Rios 3, Soyud 2, Baguio 2, Paniamogan 2, Tiongson 0, Monfort 0.
Quarterscores: 13-17, 36-39, 66-80, 108-105