PBA Finals: Third quarter “killed” Meralco says Durham

Paul Lintag on Jan 12, 2020 10:42 PM
PBA Finals: Third quarter “killed” Meralco says Durham
“That third quarter killed us,” Allen Durham said. (Photo by Josh Albelda)

Meralco outscored Ginebra by 12 points in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Game 3 in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.

On most days, that will win you a game.

Too bad the Bolts got outscored by 19 points in the quarter before and in a close Finals series, giving up that kind of advantage can and will be costly.

Ginebra pounded the Bolts in a sizzling third period, 35-16, to turn a one-poing game into a 20-point blowout.

Stanley Pringle outscored Meralco by himself in that third quarter, 17-16.

“That third quarter killed us,” Allen Durham said.

“Honestly, the third quarter have been killing us this whole series so we got to figure out some way to make halftime adjustments,” he added.

Despite third quarters being unkind to the Bolts, Meralco also has to now deal with the fact that Raymond Almazan may be out of the series due to knee injury.

Down 1-2, Meralco will rest and adjust in time for Game 4 Wednesday.

“It's a big blow. Raymond has been playing great the series. Rebounding, defense, putback scoring. So it's definitely a big loss,” Durham said.

“We'll see if he can come back but if not, everybody else got to step up. Next man up,” he added.

 

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