08 October 2016

Bolts 114, Ginebra 109 (Finals)

Allen Durham
Allen Durham was just phenomenal. He was unstoppable. And he put his foot on the gas pedal as Meralco completed the come-from-behind 114-109 overtime victory over Ginebra for a 1-0 lead in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup Finals last 7 October at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Bolts import atoned for his miscues at the end of regulation and scored their first seven points in OT to give the Bolts a 109-102 lead en route to the franchise's first ever victory in a Finals game.

Durham finished with 46 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and a steal in the win. In OT, Durham hit two straight shots from closer range, then buried a trey to complete a one-man run to start the extension. After Justin Brownlee hit a short jumper, Durham fed Hodge for that huge triple from the left corner to give the Bolts a 112-104 lead.

Game 1 Best Player
Alapag buried the huge three from the left wing to push the Bolts up, 101-100, in the final 33.4 in regulation before Justin Brownlee muffed a quick three in the ensuing possession for the Kings.

Ginebra got the break it needed after Reynel Hugnatan was whistled with a charge with 22.6 seconds left, but Brownlee and Scottie Thompson could not convert on their tries.

Durham split his freebies with 6.8 ticks to go, but Tenorio managed to break away and score the game-tying floater to send the game into OT with 2.1 to go. Durham’s desperation three rattled out as time expired.

Chris Newsome flirted with a triple-double after a slow start as the rookie playmaker finished with 17 points, nine boards, and nine assists, while Alapag caught Allan Caidic at the top of the three-point shooting list with 1,242 three-point conversions in their career.

The result spoiled an impressive showing from Tenorio, whose floater to force overtime reset his career high to 36 points.

Brownlee was held to just 17 points on 7-of-18 shooting in 47 minutes

Game 2 is on Sunday, still at the Big Dome.

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