ALLEN Durham tipped his hat off to Justin Brownlee for making that contested pull-up three-pointer over him from the top of the key that lifted Ginebra to its first PBA championship in eight years at the expense of Meralco on Wednesday night.
The Bolts import put up a decent defensive challenge on his Gin Kings counterpart in that last play, but the latter showed better offense as he knocked down the trey from way beyond the arc that will go down as one of the biggest shots in league history.
“Brownlee hit a tough shot,” was all Durham could say about that iconic shot.
Durham had a chance to give the Bolts the lead in the previous play where he, however, missed a layup over Japeth Aguilar.
“I didn't see it,” Durham insisted. “I thought it went in and I heard people cheering. I thought it went in, but I was surprised.”
“Just some tough breaks down the stretch,” he added. “It's really a good game. I think everybody gave it their all and it's disappointing. Congratulations to Ginebra, they played a good series and they won.”
Durham hopes to return next season to lead the Bolts in getting over the hump.
“I told the guys we got to remember this feeling,” the Best Import awardee said. “Hopefully, Meralco will have me back next season and if that's the case, we got unfinished business. Some guys will get back to work in All-Filipino and I'll go back home to work and see what happens.”
“The biggest improvement is to maintain, not take steps back,” he added. “They made major improvements these last two conferences and I think they understand. They know how to have a little bit successes and I think they're hungry.”