It's Brownlee's turn to get haunted by Allen Durham
Paul Lintag on Jul 24, 2017 04:44 PM
Justin Brownlee put up only 13 points against Meralco. Allen Durham? 30 points, 24 rebounds, nine assists, and the big win.
It looks like Allen Durham and the Meralco Bolts won't be haunted by Ginebra and "The Shot" for a while.
Instead, it's Justin Brownlee and the Gin Kings that will be haunted by Durham and co. until both teams meet again, preferably still in this year's Governors' Cup during a high-stakes playoff matchup.
In a rematch of the 2016 Finals, Meralco got some sort of revenge from the Gin Kings, scoring a convinving 93-78 victory over the defending champions to start the new tournament at two wins and no defeats.
Durham was particularly incredible, flirting with a triple-double as he posted a monster 30-point, 24-rebound performance on top of nine assists.
That stat line will probably haunt Brownlee for a while especially since he struggled for only 13 points.
"Now, it feels like I'm the one being haunted, 30 and 24 rebounds," Brownlee said of Durham, the reigning Best Import of the Governors' Cup.
"Just want to give a lot of credit to Meralco, Allen Durham for sure. He had an incredible game," he added.
With its title defense off to a rough start, Brownle couldn't help but comment on how Meralco, with Durham, have definitely gotten better.
Better enough to make another run at a championship.
"They definitely gotten better for sure," Brownlee said of the team they beat 4-2 in the Finals last year.
"But I think their purpose and the way they play, it was similar. The championship style of basketball, play hard on defense and play together on offense. They came out and showed they were focused the whole game," he added.
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