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    Allen Durham unlikely to join Meralco in PBA second conference

    Oct 19, 2021
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    WHILE Barangay Ginebra is bent on bringing back Justine Brownlee for the PBA’s import-laden conference, the same can’t be said of Meralco’s resident import.

    Coach Norman Black doesn’t see long-time import Allen Durham returning for another tour of duty with the franchise in the league’s second conference tentatively set to start mid-November.

    “Allen Durham is currently playing in Japan, so his availability is question mark,” said the Meralco mentor.

    Durham, 33, and a three-time PBA Best Import awardee, is with the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the Japan B.League, where he averages 11.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists as a starter for the team.

    A 6-foot-6 workhorse, Durham reinforced the Bolts four straight seasons in the Governors Cup from 2016 to 2019 and leading the franchise to a semifinals stint each time, including three runner-up finishes opposite Brownlee and the Kings in 2016, 2017, and 2019.

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      Durham initially suited up for Barako Bull in the 2014 Governors Cup before finding a home at Meralco.

      His unavailability now has Meralco looking for other import prospects to bolster a team that made the semifinals of the Philippine Cup for the second straight season. The Bolts lost to the Magnolia Hotshots in six games.

      “We are trying to finalize a new import for this conference,” added Black. “Nothing is final yet as we’re awating for the go-signal from the PBA.”

      The league imposed a 6-foot-6 height limit for the second conference, a good enough size for Barangay Ginebra to bring back the 33-year-old Brownlee, who steered the Kings to four titles, including three in the Governors Cup.

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