PBA Finals: The time is now for Durham, Bolts to win elusive title

Paul Lintag on Jan 04, 2020 03:53 PM
PBA Finals: The time is now for Durham, Bolts to win title
The Bolts already lost two titles to the Gin Kings. in 2016 behind “The Shot” from Justin Brownlee and in 2017 in front of a record Game 7 crowd. With another shot at the barangay, Durham is hoping third time is the charm. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

Allen Durham and Meralco will be back at it again, taking on Barangay Ginebra for the PBA Governors’ Cup title.

The Bolts already lost two titles to the Gin Kings, in 2016 behind “The Shot” from Justin Brownlee and in 2017 in front of a record Game 7 crowd.

With another shot at the barangay, Durham is hoping third time is the charm.

“I’m hoping so,” Durham said as the Bolts gear up for another titular showdown against the Gin Kings.

“This one feels like it’s about time. It feels right. I know we still have to play the game but just the level of focus that we have, it’s definitely different than what we’ve had in the past,” he added.

As Meralco continues to hunt for its first-ever PBA title, the Bolts were willing to face whoever.

But fate has put Ginebra in front of them again and the Bolts are definitely even more motivated now to finally get one over against the Gin Kings considering their history.

“It don’t matter who you’re playing, you wanna beat them. They do add an extra chip because they do beat us the last two times,” Durham said of Ginebra.

“I think we’ll be ready and I think it’s gonna be a great series,” he added.

It’s Durham’s fourth straight year coming back to Meralco and that elusive PBA title is a main motivation.

Durham has also developed an incredible bond with the Bolts and the desire to win with this group is high. Meralco is coming for that championship that’s for sure, now more than ever.

“These guys are my brothers you know, we work well together and we’ve accomplished some success,” Durham said.

“Now we just have to finish it and get the ultimate goal, the ultimate prize,” he added.

 

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