I think down the stretch, officiating was really bad -- Durham
Mark Escarlote on Oct 23, 2017 09:23 AM
I mean, Iím not gonna blame it on the officials, we had our part too, but you canít call a Finals game like that -- Meralco import Allen Durham
Meralco was playing against eight opponents in Game 5.
Well, at least according to Bolts import Allen Durham.
The reinforcement had a sour comment on the way the match was officiated Sunday night in Meralco’s 74-85 loss to reigning champion Barangay Ginebra that buried the Bolts to a 2-3 best-of-seven PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series deficit at the Philippine Arena .
Meralco got 29 fouls, eight in the fourth, and Ginebra trooped to the foul line 24 times, sinking 18.
The Bolts got into penalty early most of the match while starting guard Chris Newsome saw only 14 minutes of action the whole game before fouling out with four minutes left in the payoff period. Jared Dillinger was able to finish the game despite drawing five foul calls but was limited to only six points in a terrible 2-of-16 shooting.
Ginebra committed 22 fouls but the Bolts only got 13 free throws, drilling nine.
Meralco overhauled an 18-point deficit in the first half and were able to take a 60-58 lead late in the third on to see the Gin Kings pull away in the fourth -- all while getting some calls that the Bolts think shouldn't have been whistled and non-calls that they think should've gone Meralco's way.
“I think down the stretch, officiating was really bad,” said Durham while shaking his head in disappointment.
“I mean, I’m not gonna blame it on the officials, we had our part too, but you can’t call a Finals game like that,” added Durham, who finished with game-high 27 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. “We can’t have it like that on Wednesday.”
Game 6 of the series is on Wednesday in the same venue.
Asked of the things they need to do to force a series decider, Durnham had some more scorching parting shots.
“I think we just got to hit a couple of more shots. Preferably not play 5-against-8 with the officiating,” he said. “And we just got to play better.”
Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles