Allen Durham heated up for 39 points and 12 boards to lead Meralco's blasting of Barangay Ginebra, 101-77, in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Durham also added 7 assists, 2 steals and 1 block and shot 16-for-21 from the field to pace the Bolts, who climbed to 6-2 and grab solo third in the standings. Bong Quinto contributed 13 points in a starting role, while Chris Newsome chipped in 11 points and 9 boards.
The Bolts wasted no time speeding off in the first quarter. Durham, who almost matched the Kings point-for-point by scoring 14 of his 23 first-half points in the second quarter, helped Merlaco build an imposing 53-32 lead after the first 24 minutes.
Things only got worse for Ginebra, as Meralco went on a 7-0 start in the third quarter for the biggest deficit of the game at 60-32. Ginebra could not solve Durham, who poured in 12 more during that stretch, nor a Bolts team was firing on all cylinders (51 percent from the field, 40 percent on 12-for-30 shooting from long range).
"We played really well tonight. Offensively and defensively, we played well. Obviously led by Allen Durham, who got us off to a good start, offensively, also as far as controlling the boards. Controlling the boards was very important for us this game. AD really set the tone for the game, and the rest of his teammates followed," said Meralco coach Norman Black.
"It was really a team game, offensively, defensively. When we play Ginebra it's so difficult because they're good and they have the crowd on their side. So it's always a challenge to play them but it's a game we were looking forward to."
Durham said this win is just Meralco's way of proving that its 26-point blowout win over San Miguel last week "wasn't a fluke."
"It feels good that we got a win over a good team. Shows that we try to be consistent, that we're still trying to build and get better each week," he said. "We just try to let everybody know that we're for real, that we're a real team. I told them in the beginning we gotta let them know that it wasn't a fluke and we gotta keep playing our game, play our defense and run it, and that's what we did tonight."
Justin Brownlee led the Kings with 18 points, but he needed 19 shots to get there. He also tallied 7 boards and 3 dimes, while LA Tenorio added 12 points and 5 assists.
"They beat us black and blue and they beat us at all phases of the game tonight. We came into the game played on our reputation and didn't put the work in. And when we don't put the work in, these are kind of results you have, and hopefully our team learns a lesson," Ginebra coach Tim Cone said.
Ginebra fell to a tie with the Beermen in the standings with a 5-3 record and saw their four-game winning streak come to an end. It won't get any easier as Ginebra faces TNT (7-1) .
Meralco (101) -- Durham 39, Quinto 13, Newsome 11, Almazan 10, Amer 8, Pinto 5, Caram 5, Faundo 4, Hodge 2, Maliksi 2, Jackson 2, Jose 0, Salva 0.
Barangay Ginebra (77) -- Brownlee 18, Tenorio 12, Pringle 8, Aguilar 8, Mariano 7, Dela Cruz 6, Thompson 6, Slaughter 5, Caguioa 4, Caperal 2, Sargent 1, Chan 0.
Quarters: 26-15, 53-32, 77-53, 101-77.
- Two trades were approved by Commissioner Willie Marcial in the middle of the first quarter of this game. Alaska sent Chris Banchero to Magnolia in exchange for Robbie Herndon and Rodney Brondial, while TNT got Ray Parks by dealing Don Trollano, Tony Semerad and a 2021 first-round pick.
- Barangay Ginebra made just 20 percent of their 3-pointers (4-for-20) after shooting 48 percent during their four-game winning streak.
- Cliff Hodge played his first game back from a bone spur removal on his right ankle and had two points, two rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes off the bench. "It feels good to be out here, helping the guys try to get a win. It's been a long road. It's been hard going through the whole surgery, the rehab ... I'm at about 75%. I'm still going to rehab twice a week. I'm not there yet, but I'm gonna get there."
- Barangay Ginebra vs. TNT on Nov. 8 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum
- Meralco vs. NorthPort on Nov. 10 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo