THE painful loss to Ginebra in last year’s PBA Governors' Cup finals is nothing but a memory for Meralco import Allen Durham heading into the rematch that kicks off Friday.
The reigning Best Import expects a different series altogether with the Bolts parading a rejigged lineup that now includes Ranidel de Ocampo, Mike Tolomia, Garvo Lanete, as well as Jared Dillinger, who missed last year's finals due to injury.
While he still remembers how counterpart Justin Brownlee capped the epic series with the triple over him as time expired, Durham is just thrilled for another shot at winning it all in the season-ending conference.
"I've been trying to move on, you know, but the media, they still bring it up and stuff like that. But none of that matters, last year doesn't matter. What we did this conference doesn't matter, this is a whole new season in itself this upcoming series," he said.
"I've forgotten about it but it's still kinda fueling me to get the win and hold the trophy."
Although the confetti fell on the Gin Kings at the Smart Araneta Coliseum the last time out, the experience augurs well for the Bolts in their quest for the franchise's first title since entering the league in 2010.
"But now we got the experience, now we know what to expect, we play Ginebra in that series and we played Ginebra this conference, the crowd is not going to be a factor. I think that experience alone is gonna help us a lot," he said.
Against the same team, the do-it-all import is hopeful this best-of-seven affair will have a different outcome this time.
"This year, that was our goal going in, we wanted to make it back but we gotta finish it," he said. "That's our focus still, right now. We gotta finish it. We made it here but that's not enough, we want to hold that trophy at the top of our head."