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Durham hits 34 as Meralco cruises past Columbian, strengthens hold of spot in Top Four

by Reynald Magallon, November 08, 2019 6:41pm

Allen Durham was in his usual dominant form as the Meralco Bolts cruised past the Columbian Dyip, 92-74, and strengthen their hold on one of the top four spots of the standings in the 2019 Governor's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

The Bolts hulking import finished with monster numbers of 34 points, 14 rebounds and five assists while Raymond Almazan provided support with 18 points and a career-best 24 rebounds.

Meralco was on point right from the get go with the two leading the charge, building a lead that reached by as much as 18 points in the first half. Columbian slowly got their bearing bank and recovered in the third frame cutting the lead down to just five at 55-50. Meralco however shook off the rallying Dyip in the payoff period to break the game wide open.

The Dyip managed to cut the lead down to single digits, 71-62, following back-to-back hits from CJ Perez at the 7:46 mark of the payoff period.

Allen Durhan scored on a layup but Khapri Alston replied with an and-1 on the other end. Alston was then called on a deliberate foul holding on Durham during a fast break play. Durham converted the foul shots but Perez got deuce back with a strong drive to the hole to come within eight, 75-67 with 4:56 left.

Six straight free throws from Durham and Chris Newsome and Allein Maliksi and Raymond Almazan jumpers push the lead back to 18, 85-67 with 2:30 left.

Glenn Khobuntin stopped the bleeding with a trey but was too late as the Bolts simple melted away the clock from that point.

CJ Perez paced the Dyip with 21 points while import Khapri Alston put up a 19 points 16 rebounds performance which went for naught as the Dyip fell to 4-5 record. Meralco meanwhile was now half a game behind league leading TNT and NLEX with a 7-2 record.

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