PBA Govs Cup Finals: Durham feels Aguilar block a foul, more motivated for G2
Meralco Bolts import Allen Durham feels a foul should have been whistled during his potential game-tying attempt towards the end of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Game 1.
Durham drove to the hoop with 11 seconds left and Barangay Ginebra leading 89-87, with hopes of tying the game.
Instead, he was met by Japeth Aguilar at the rim and his shot got swatted away.
Ginebra held on for the dramatic win, 91-87 to take the series opener.
In his interviews, Durham told the media he felt contact.
“In my opinion, I thought that was a foul. The video made it look like that was a foul. I mean, he was all over my shoulder. I guess the referees said he got more ball than body. So you just got to bounce back from that,” said Durham, per the PBA website.
However, there were also snaps of the play from photo journalists showing that Durham might have warded off a bit.
Either way, with Ginebra taking the opening game, Durham insisted that he will be moving on and that he has to perform better in the next assignment.
“I got to shoot better. We got great contributions (from locals like Chris Newsome and Raymond Almazan) but I didn’t perform to the best of my ability so I got to be better next game,” said Durham.
The prolific import finished with 25 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 assists in a remarkable finals triple-double showing, although he shot inefficiently from the field.
Game 2 is set for January 10 in Lucena.