IT seems it’s not just Baser Amer who’s benefiting from the tutelage of Jimmy Alapag.
Meralco import Allen Durham continued to flash his playmaking skills as he put up numbers across the board in the Bolts’ 112-97 win over Kia in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday night.
Coming into the game averaging seven assists per game, the Bolts import dished out 13 assists that completed his triple-double with 25 points and 11 boards – and delighted former teammate and current assistant Alapag.
“Jimmy, he was like, ‘I see you trying to be like me with the assists!’” Durham related after the game. “So we just kinda had a lot of chuckles and stuff. I’m enjoy it tonight and then back to work when we get back to practice.”
Despite averaging a near triple-double of 24 points, 19.5 rebounds, and 8.5 assists after the Bolts’ first four games, Durham can’t help but still be amazed of his latest feat.
“It’s kinda nice – big man having a triple-double,” the reigning Best Import said. “It’s cool.”
“But I can’t take the credit for it,” he added. “The guys gotta knock down the shots for the assists and everything like that."
The familiarity with his teammates has only augured well for Durham in stuffing the stats sheet again.
“It’s everything,” he said. “Like I told people weeks before, we got chemistry off the court as well. We all hang out off the court. It just makes thing so much smoother when we are on the court. Everybody trusting everybody. I think that’s why we’re playing really well right now.”
And Durham can only hope the Bolts sustain their early surge.
“We started off good last year. Once we just get rolling, we’re gonna be a tough team to beat,” he said. “We all try to focus on defense – that’s where we want to focus on the most and get out and run and stuff like that. We keep doing that we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”