23 June 2017

Durham is .... Baacckk!

Allen Durham
After reaching last year's PBA Governor's Cup Finals, Meralco Bolts wasted no time to bring the man responsible for that ... Allen Durham.

The Best Import in last year's season-ending tourney is headed back for another tour of duty for Meralco, hoping to complete the unfinished business he had last year when the Bolts came short of winning their first league championship. He is set to arrive on 4 July.

Durham was an unstoppable force in his second tour of duty in the PBA. He averaged 29.4 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocks per game at the end of the semifinal round.

The 28-year-old native of Wyoming, Michigan, then guided the Bolts to their first-ever PBA finals appearance, but fell short of the goal after the Kings beat them in Game 6 of the finals best remembered for Justin Brownlee's game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.

Brownlee and Durham are among the veteran imports making a comeback here along with Alaska’s LaDontae Henton and Eugene Phelps of Phoenix.

Meanwhile, Rain or Shine will have for its import JD Weatherspoon, who is flying over on 25 June. The 24-year-old Weatherspoon saw action with Baerum Basket in the BLNO in Norway. He also played in the Korisliliga in Finland.

Also tapping new faces for the next conference are Blackwater (Trevis Simpson), TnT Katropa (Michael Craig), Jabril Trawick (Globalport), and Aaron Fuller (NLEX).

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