PBA: We had a lot of good effort from a lot of people today -- Black

Mark Escarlote on Dec 17, 2019 11:05 PM
Black credits Meralco's team effort in series tying win
We had a lot of good effort from a lot of people today -- Meralco coach Norman Black

Allen Durham played a monster triple-double game but Meralco head coach Norman Black credited the Bolts’ great team effort for their rousing Game 2 win against TNT.

Meralco was on fire early and sustained its hot shooting with Durham at the helm for a 114-94 demolition of KaTropa to tie the best-of-five series 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup at 1-1 on Tuesday at the Big Dome.  

“We had a lot of good effort from a lot of people today,” said Black, whose squad can take the series lead on Thursday.

Durham dropped 44 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and dished 11 assists while Baser Amer, who had an early altercation with TNT’s Roger Pogoy who he accused of pinching him during the game, tallied 20 points including four triples for Meralco.  

“I know Durham played a very good game today for us,” said Black. “Baser Amer was able to score the basketball for us, which is what we need. We need him to be a leader as far as our scoring is concerned, and he has to put his points up on the board and he did a great job.”

Down, 2-3, to start the duel, Meralco ignited a big 16-0 run to take control of the match and even opened a 60-25 separation with 1:27 left in in the second period off a pair of charities by Raymond Almazan. 

Bong Quinto had 12 markers while Chris Newsome and Almazan scored 12 and 11, respectively, for the Bolts.

“Everybody contributed, everybody pitched in. It was a good defensive effort, and our offense was much, much better today,” added Black. 

The mentor explained that the Bolts were able to execute their plays – something that was missing in their Game 1 loss to TNT.

“We just wanted to run our offense. We felt in Game One, we were too individualistic and we didn't really execute offensively. Normally when you play good offense, everybody's in the right spot and we have great spacing. In Game One, we had none of that,” he said.

“But today, because we really focused in on just making sure we executed our offense, got the ball to our point of attack, which is AD on our team, because we were able to do that, it made it a lot easy for us to space the floor and for him to score,’” Black added. “That's something we just have to continue to do in this series.”

Durham shot 15-of-26 from the field and missed just one of his 11 free throws.

But the 31-year old Durham was quick to deflect all the credit.

“Yeah, yeah. I mean, that's more on my teammates hitting shots, having confidence to take their shots and obviously, just doing what I've been doing all conference -- getting rebounds, getting a bucket when I can,” said Durham.




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