PBA: Durham, Bolts await their next opponent after big win over SMB

Paul Lintag on Nov 03, 2018 09:43 PM
PBA: Durham, Bolts await their next opponent
Following a win over the Beermen, the Bolts have wrapped up the elimination round with a four-game run, finishing with a 5-6 record.

The Meralco Bolts get to celebrate for one night.

Meralco assured themselves of at least a playoff for 8th place Saturday after destroying San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.

Following a win over the Beermen, the Bolts have wrapped up the elimination round with a four-game run, finishing with a 5-6 record.

That means that regardless of the result between TNT and Ginebra Sunday, Meralco will play at least one more game. That one game could be a playoff for 8th, if the KaTropa win, or that one game can be in the quarterfinals as the no. 7 seed if TNT loses.

"It's always nice to beat a good team like San Miguel. We'll celebrate tonight but we know our work has just started," import Allen Durham said.

"Once we come back on Monday, we'll start all over again," he added.

Durham led a furious second half for the Bolts, scoring 18 points in a pivotal third quarter that helped Meralco save its season.

Durham finished with 35 points, 26 rebounds, and seven assists in the win and the Bolts now officially wait.

"It feels good, I don't know who we're playing yet so we can't talk about our next opponent yet," he said.

"But we will enjoy tonight and we'll go from there," Durham added.

Meralco has been to back-to-back Finals in the Governors' Cup but a mid-conference slump almost eliminated the team.

A six-game losing skid put the Bolts on the brink of elimination. A trip to Thailand for the 2018 FIBA-Asia Cup made a trying conference all the more challenging for the Bolts.

And while the Thailand stint had its own set of difficulties, it did help Meralco set itself up for a huge run late in the Governors' Cup.

"It was a lot of the same players from last year but some of the key guys were out and stuff so we were just trying to find our chemistry and everything," Durham said of Meralco's early-conference struggles.

"The games in Thailand gave us more games and that did help us with getting our chemistry up. It was good, it was some of the best teams in Asia. There was a lot of good competition and you always want to play the best, you always try to beat the best. I think it helped my game individually and the team as well," he added.

 


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