ALLEN Durham pounced on Sol Mercado’s foul trouble as the Meralco import bounced back from a so-so showing with a more spirited play in the Bolts’ 107-103 win against Ginebra in Game Three of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Wednesday night.
Mercado, who earned a reputation as an import stopper after having success defending Durham in Game Two, picked up two fouls with less than four minutes gone by that left him hobbled throughout the game, before fouling out after just 18 minutes of play.
That allowed Durham to frolic in the paint as he scattered 36 points and grabbed 20 boards in 42 minutes after scoring just 22 in the previous game.
“He got into foul trouble, so we just got to keep attacking him and be aggressive,” the Best Import awardee said. “When he’s out of the game, it’s good for us. That’s what we got to do.”
“We were talking about being more spaced out and stuff then kind of just open the lane a little bit, and it worked,” he added. “It got him in foul trouble, so we’re going to bring that into Game Four.”
But Durham was quick to play down the win, saying the Bolts still have a long way to go before winning their first championship.
“It’s only halfway. We still got work to do,” Durham “We’ll get back to work tomorrow, look at film, see things we need to adjust and get ready for Friday.”
One agenda is stopping Ginebra counterpart Justin Brownlee, who exploded for 42 points in 42 minutes.
“We got to figure out a way to slow him down a little bit more and then they got a lot of offensive rebounds again, so we got to make sure we put a body on somebody,” Durham said.