PBA: Durham gets near triple-double as Bolts beat Columbian to start Governors' Cup

Paul Lintag on Aug 17, 2018 06:39 PM
PBA: Durham gets near triple-double as Bolts beat Columbian
Reigning two-time Best Import Allen Durham was still beasting for the Bolts, finishing with a near-triple double of 26 points, 20 rebounds, and nine assists to get Meralco's title bid going.

ANTIPOLO CITY --- Meralco got the win and that's the more important thing.

The Bolts got themselves a challenge from the Columbian Dyip Friday at the Ynares Center here but Meralco still managed to be first on the board in the season-ending joust, picking up a tough 109-106 victory.

Down by as many as 12 points, Meralco picked up the pace in the third period to take control of the game but had to hold on in the final secons as the Dyip tried to make a final comeback.

Reigning two-time Best Import Allen Durham was still beasting for the Bolts, finishing with a near-triple double of 26 points, 20 rebounds, and nine assists to get Meralco's title bid going.

"It's a good start for us for the conference, it was a tough win," head coach Norman Black said.

"Columbian played very well, their import was very good," he added.

The Dyip were up 14 in the second quarter and took a 10-point lead at the break.

But with Durham leading the way, Meralco quickly turned things around in the third. The two-time Best Import scored 13 points to start the second half as the Bolts outscored Columbian, 42-23, to gain control of the game.

After Durham, Baser Amer fired 23 points for Meralco. He also had eight rebounds and six assists.

For the Dyip, import Akeem Wright dropped 30 points and 14 rebounds in his PBA debut.

 

The Scores:

Meralco 109 - Durham 26, Amer 23, Tolomia 14, Hodge 11, Caram 10, de Ocampo 10, Canaleta 9, Salva 4, Newsome 2, Hugnatan 0, Laneta 0, Bono 0.

Columbian 106 - Wright 30, King 24, Khobuntin 10, Corpuz 10, Escoto 8, Camson 8, McCarthy 5, Celda 5, Tubid 2, Cahilig 2, Cabrera 2, Lastimosa 0.


Quarters: 26-25, 53-43, 85-76, 109-106.

 

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