NOT even import Allen Durham's spectacular 55-point effort could save the Meralco Bolts in a PBA Governors' Cup thriller against GlobalPort at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.
Meralco bowed to GlobalPort in double overtime, 126-123, and the high-scoring import was left to rue his team's sluggish first half against a Batang Pier side that lost its first four games of the conference.
"We started off slow in the first half and that's what really held us back in this game," said Durham, who also collared 14 rebounds.
"I think our focus got to be there. Every team in this league can beat anybody on any night and whether you're 0-4 or 4-4 or whatever, you gotta be ready to play," he added.
"Whatever the reason was, we weren't ready to play in the first half."
Meralco coach Norman Black agreed, but nonetheless lauded the Bolts' efforts in overhauling an early 14-point deficit.
"There's no question some guys didn't come to play tonight as far as their production in the first half. That's the reason we're down," said Black.
"You got to give a lot of credit to my players for coming back after being down, but you have to pass the credit to GlobalPort for really making the big shots down the stretch."
Black vowed to rise from the loss.
"There's no solution other than working hard in practice and try to win games," he said.