Meralco import Allen Durham celebrates birthday with tuneup win over Ginebra

Relishing his second stint in the PBA, birthday boy Allen Durham is already setting his sights on making an impact to the ‘games that matters’ for the Meralco Bolts.

The 6-foot-5 Durham turned 28 the same day he led the Bolts to a 86-79 victory over crowd-favorite Brgy. Ginebra in their tune-up game in their own practice turf on Saturday morning.

And now that he is more in-sync with his new squad, Durham could not wait to be back in action as Meralco opens their Governors’ Cup campaign against new-look Phoenix Fuel Masters.

“I’m excited about that, ready to play a game that means something so I can’t wait til next Friday,” the former Barako Bull reinforcement told FOX Sports.

Meralco signed the hardworking Grace Bible College big man in the hopes of filling up the need of inside operator, and it’s been so far so good for Durham in their tune-ups.

“We still have things to work on and we’re still waiting for our other import, but we are slowly progressing to the team we want to be so that’s good,” he continued, referring to their Asian import and Iranian star Mohammad Jamshidi.

And although aware of the high expectation set by recent Commissioner’s Cup best import awardee Arinze Onuaku for the Bolts, Durham said he wants to approach his game on his own.

“I’m not really trying to fill his shoes, I will just to play my game, do what I do and play to my strengths and try to make the team better.” – By Jason MerceneĀ 

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