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Despite falling short once more, it was still worth it for Allen Durham

Was it really a failed mission for Allen Durham?

The reigning two-time Best Import had failed to fulfill his promise of giving the Meralco Bolts their first-ever PBA title, all because of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s heartbreak-causing spell that has now stretched for two years.

“It’s tough. It hurts,” said Durham, whose 24-point, 26-rebound, and nine-assist performance all went down the drain, as he and the vengeful Orangemen lost, 101-96, in Game Seven, Friday night in font of 54,064 at the Philippine Arena.

“We gotta figure out a way to get over this hump,” added the 29-year-old. “Hopefully I can come back next year as we go at it again… I really wanna win with this group of guys.”

As much as he was frustrated with the loss, Durham did not forget to give credit to the now back-to-back Governors’ Cup champs, who started strong and displayed excellent composure when Meralco were giving them a great scare.2017-PBA-Govenors-Cup-Finals-Game-7-Ginebra-def-Meralco-Jared-Dillinger-and-Bolts Despite falling short once more, it was still worth it for Allen Durham Basketball News PBA  - philippine sports news

“They’re a great team, they kept their foot on the gas,” said the Michigan-native. “Hats off to Ginebra, they played a great game. It was a hard-fought series.”

Futhermore, Durham claimed that he and the Bolts have nothing to be ashamed of despite yet another agonizing end to their season, which saw them become a top seed in the 2017 Governor’s Cup for the first time.

“The guys really don’t have nothing to hang their head about. We fought good. We lost to a good team. We dont have to be ashamed or anything like that,” said Durham, who averaged 28.4 points and 19.4 boards in the series.

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And despite the loss, this year’s run was still worth it for Durham.

“Before now, I never played infront of 50,000 plus. That could be another memory that I’ll have until the day I die,” he said, referring to the record-breaking crowd.

“I’d be able to tell my kids about it, so yeah, it’s definitely worth it.’

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