Allen Durham and Meralco back in Philippines Basketball finals

Grand Rapids Danger owner doing his work in Philippines

The last time Allen Durham and his Philippine Basketball Association team Meralco Bolts found themselves in this situation, the fairytale ending didn’t quite hit the clock at midnight. Meralco lost to Ginebra in Game 6 of last year’s finals on a Justin Brownlee triple at the buzzer.

That didn’t sit well with Durham or his teammates. Durham told Asher Feldman of the NBA G League’s Texas Legends during a ‘Where are they now?’ piece, “We lost off a buzzer beater last year in game six. Everybody is focused to get there and finish it off this time.”

Teammate Jared Dillinger took it a step further, “If you’re gonna ask me, I hope we play Ginebra just because they beat us last year…I wouldn’t want it any other way to play those guys, get a chance for revenge against them.”

Durham is leading the PBA in rebounding, pulling down 19.4 boards per contest. But Durham isn’t just a beast on the interior, he’s also leading the league in assists, with 7.1 dimes per game. He’s scoring a mere 27.8 points per game.

“My God, their import (Allen Durham) is beast. We don’t have a matchup for him, but we’ll try to figure out something,” Tim Cone, the 59-year-old  coach of Ginebra, told recently.

The Finals start on Friday and can be seen on PBA Live via the website. Follow Durham on Twitter: @TheHULK_5

Check out Game 1 of the semifinals below.

Durham is the owner of the Grand Rapids Danger, a recent addition to the North American Basketball League after spending two years with the American Basketball Association. He also starred at Grace Bible College of the NCCAA.