19 June 2016

Allen Durham Arrives To Play for Meralco

Allen Durham arrived yesterday (18 June) in Manila where he will suit up for the Meralco Bolts for the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) 2016 Governor's Cup.

This season will mark Allen's sixth year as a pro since leaving Grace Bible College near Grand Rapids, MI where he won 3 National Championships, was a 3-Time All-American, 3-Time National MVP, 3-Time Regional Player of the Year, National Player of the Year, & Pete Maravich Memorial Award Recipient. Allen also set many school records, and left GBC as the school's All-Time leading scorer and All-Time leading rebounder.

The 6-foot-5 Durham previously suited up for the Barako Bull Energy Boosters also in the Governors' Cup during the 2013-14 season where in four matches, he averaged 25.0 points, 23.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists. In one of those matches, Durham led Barako Bull to an 88-74 upset of Talk ’N Text with 28 points, 29 rebounds, and two blocks.

After finishing its best conference yet with import Arinze Onuaku leading the Bolts to one win away from what would've been the franchise’s first ever Finals appearance in the last Commissioner's Cup, the Bolts decided to bring Durham because he is of the same mold as Onuaku.

"Durham can do what Arinze does, but I think overall in his game, he’s a better free-throw shooter. We’re excited to have him. He loves to rebound," said Meralco assistant coach Luigi Trillo after team practice at Meralco Gym in Pasig City.

Team captain Jimmy Alapag echoed his coach’s sentiments while also adding that Durham can do more on the offensive end with his mid-range game.

"It's going to be important that he provides that same presence that Arinze had. Obviously, Arinze’s a much bigger guy, but I remember playing against Durham when he was still with Barako and he was a presence inside. We'll definitely need him to provide that for us," said Alapag, who was still with Talk ‘N Text when Durham suited up for Barako Bull.

"I think he might not be as big or massive of a presence as Arinze was for us, but I think he might be a little bit more skilled in being able to step away from the basket and work from a little bit outside the post," the veteran point guard added.

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