PBA: I don't know what happened -- Durham on costly error
Mark Escarlote on Dec 19, 2019 10:49 PM
I had the ball and I just saw a white jersey from my peripheral. Cliff was over there with his hands up, I don't know what happened, but I just saw it so I tried to swing the ball but he wasn't in the playing court -- Allen Durham
Down three against TNT in the waning seconds of the payoff period in Game 3 of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals, Allen Durham had good intention of passing the ball to an open teammate on the right wing.
Unfortunately for the Meralco import, he tried to dish the ball to a Bolts player that wasn’t even in the game.
Durham committed a costly turnover when he passed the ball to Cliff Hodge who was standing near then sideline – with his hands up and his towel draped on his neck - in front of their bench that put the Bolts on a the brink of elimination as the KaTropa walked away with a 101-97 win for a 2-1 best-of-five series lead.
“I had the ball and I just saw a white jersey from my peripheral. Cliff was over there with his hands up, I don't know what happened, but I just saw it so I tried to swing the ball but he wasn't in the playing court. That's what happened,” said Durham, who had 32 points and 19 rebounds with five turnovers.
Meralco, which squandered a 13-point lead in the first half, went down, 100-97, with 37 seconds on a putback by KJ McDaniels. After an empty trip on their possession, the Bolts got a golden opportunity to tie the game after TNT guard Roger Pogoy missed both his charities.
Then the big booboo happened with just 11.3 ticks left.
Hodge admitted that that turnover was on him.
“Well, it’s about 10 seconds left I was hoping someone’s gonna pull a shot. I was hoping we would’ve made a shot to put it on overtime. AD saw my jersey and he thought I was on the court,” he said. “So it was my fault.”
But Durham doesn’t want to dwell on that certain play, he thought that it didn’t have to go down to that if they just played better.
“It was unfortunate, a crucial time of the game but it didn't come down to just one play,” said Durham. “Even though we could've tied it or something if we made a shot, we gotta be better before it gets down to a play like that.”
Meralco will try to force a series decider on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.
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