PBA Finals: Durham says he got fouled by Japeth during final block play

Paul Lintag on Jan 07, 2020 10:52 PM
Durham says he got fouled by Japeth during final block play
“The last seconds of the game... in my opinion I thought that was a foul [Japeth block]. The video made it look like a foul, he was all over my shoulder.” Allen Durham on Japeth Aguilar’s final block on him to end Game 1 of the PBA Finals. (Photo by Arvin Lim)

In a highly-competitive Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between Ginebra and Meralco, play of the night goes to Japeth Aguilar.

Up two, Aguilar blocked Allen Durham as the Meralco import drove to the basket looking for a game-tying basket.

It was the play that allowed the Gin Kings to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 but Durham argues that it should have been a foul.

“The last seconds of the game... in my opinion I thought that was a foul [Japeth block]. The video made it look like a foul, he was all over my shoulder,” Durham said as replay did show there was a lot of contact before Japeth blocked the shot clean.

“But I guess the refs said he got more ball than body,” Durham added.

Now down 0-1, Durham says it’s time to move on to Game 2, preferably with a much better performance.

AD finished with a triple-double of 25 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 assists. However, Durham needed 26 shots to get his final output, shooting just 38.5 percent from the field.

“You just gotta bounce back, I gotta shoot better. We got great contribution and I didn’t perform to the best of my ability. I gotta do better next game,” he said.

“We’re gonna get back in the gym, we’ll look at film, and see where else we can attack. We’ll come back stronger in Game 2,” Durham added.

 

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