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    KJ McDaniels makes it his personal mission to win duel vs Durham

    Dec 15, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    KJ McDaniels is aware Allen Durham is a two-time Best Import awardee who twice made it to the finals of the PBA Governors Cup.

    And so McDaniels is trying to make it a personal challenge going up against Meralco's thorougbred import.

    "Most definitely I want to be that way with Allen. A great player and that's the challenge for me, to get even better," said the TnT Katropa import.

    "He'a force to be reckoned with."

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    Round 1 went McDaniels'way as the Katropa ripped the Bolts in Game 1 of their semifinals series, 103-94, on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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    The TnT import got the better of Durham in their personal match-up, finishing with 38 points anf 14 rebounds.

    Durham had a slow start, but caught fire in the final quarter when he scored half of his total output of 32 points.

    He also had a monster 21 rebounds and tried to spark the Bolts' rally from 22 points down in a rally that fell short in the end.

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    McDaniels said the Katropa couldn't let Durham do the same thing again after the Bolts came close enough to trim the deficit to eight.

    "We just have to find a way to limit him and make his teammates do a lot," said the NBA veteran.

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    That's why McDaniels want to make this a personal thing with Durham.

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