Allen Durham raves about Baser Amer's progress from Alapag back-up to true Bolts floor leader
Baser Amer may have scored just eight points but Bolts import Allen Durham was all praises for the progress of the team's point guard. Jaime Campos

ALLEN Durham marveled at Baser Amer's progress from his last stint with Meralco in the Governors' Cup last year. 

In the same season-ending conference last year, Durham went to war with grizzled veteran Jimmy Alapag manning the point as Amer played back-up in his rookie season. 

But when Alapag retired for good, Amer started to blossom into his own, becoming one of the deadliest guards in the league. And Durham could not help but notice.

"Man, its unbelievable how much he'd grown in a matter of a year," said Durham. 

"You know just having control of the game, and put us in the right spots on offense. It’s good to see and makes our jobs a lot easier playing with a kind of guy like Baser," he added.

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But while the leadership on the point changed for the Bolts, Durham was his usual dominant self as he went an assist shy of completing a triple double, finishing with 30 points and 24 rebounds. 

The returning import, however, deflected the credit to his teammates, saying that their improvement made life easier for him in this game. 

"I got great teammates and you know they put a lot of work in the offseason. They made shots and when they make the shots, they make my job a lot easier," he said. 

When that trend continues, Durham believes that it could be enough to get them over the hump and take the title that was denied from them by Ginebra last season.

"I see these guys in practice and how much hard work they put in, and I have no problem passing it to them and they hit their shots like tonight and I do believe will do pretty good this conference," he said.

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