Latest defeat fires up Durham

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    ATTACK MODE: Meralco import Allen Durham tries to shoot over Ginebra counterpart Justin Brownlee in Game 5 but gets frustrated anew.
    ATTACK MODE: Meralco import Allen Durham tries to shoot over Ginebra counterpart Justin Brownlee in Game 5 but gets frustrated anew.

    ANOTHER finals defeat to Ginebra in the PBA Governors Cup has made Meralco determined than ever to end that string of frustrations.

    None more so than import Allen Durham, who vowed to keep trying until he and the Bolts end their title drought and frustrating run against the Kings.

    “I’m determined to win a championship with these guys,” said Durham.”You know, they really grew and became my brothers. They deserve one too.”

    Durham spoke after a 105-93 loss last Friday that enabled the Kings to wrap up the best-of-seven title duel at 4-1.

    The loss was the third by Meralco and Durham to Ginebra in the last four seasons and that only stoked the fire in the three-time Best Import awardee even more.

    “We’ll talk with the management and stuff like that.” said Durham. “Obviously, we got to let time pass, but I’m definitely hungry.”

    Durham refused to take anything away from the Kings, who now have 11 championships in all while keeping the Bolts winless since acquiring the old Sta. Lucia Realty franchise in 2010.

    “Ginebra was the better team this series,” said Durham, while ruing the flubbed chances they had.

    “We definitely had opportunities,” he said. “(In) Game 1, we had an opportunity. In Game 3, we had opportunities. But we just didn’t really capitalize and didn’t get some of the 50-50 things.

    “Hats off to them. You know, they played all the games tough. Even in the game that we did win, they played tough all the way to the buzzer, so congratulations to them.”

    What really dampened Meralco’s chance was the left knee injury suffered by Raymond Almazan early in Game 3. The beanpole center still saw action in Game 4 but eventually heeded the advice of doctors and sat out last Friday’s match.

    “He definitely would’ve helped us with our rebounds. He really got a lot of offensive rebounds and second chance points and stuff like that,” said Durham.

    “That’s why we got Raymond, because he was cleaning it up for us. If I helped over (on defense), he was there to clean it up and we’ve been doing that all conference. So to lose a player of that caliber definitely hurt us.”

    Now, Durham is even more determined. “I just want to be a champion. It wouldn’t matter who it was against,” he said.

    “We’ll get back in the gym and we’re going to try our luck again. We’ll keep coming until we get that breakthrough,” added Durham. “Obviously, we gotta let some time pass and we’ll talk with the management, but I’m definitely still hungry.”