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Durham, Bolts staying positive despite Game 1 loss

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Meralco remains positive and vowed to come out stronger after a disappointing performance in Game 1 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finale against Barangay Ginebra on Tuesday night.

The Bolts blew a 10-point lead in the 3rd canto and faded late in the end game in an 87-91 loss.

But the Norman Black-coached squad is not to be disheartened as they regroup for Friday’s must-win Game 2 in Lucena.

“We’ll come back stronger in Game 2,” said import Allen Durham.

“I got to shoot better. We got great contributions (from locals like Chris Newsome and Raymond Almazan) but I didn’t perform to the best of my ability so I got to be better next game.”

With Ginebra ahead by two, Durham tried to bulldoze his way to the basket but his potential game-tying layup was foiled by Japeth Aguilar with 11.3 seconds left. It was a tough one to swallow for Durham, who felt there was contact but eventually prefers to move on.

“In my opinion, I thought that was a foul. The video made it look like that was a foul. I mean, he was all over my shoulder. I guess the referees said he got more ball than body. So you just got to bounce back from that,” said Durham.