Meralco gets confidence boost with Durham back in even better shape

first_imgMOST READ The Bolts are perennial contenders in the season-ending conference for the past three years, having made the finals in two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017 and a final four appearance in 2018.Also back at Black’s disposal is the hulking Allen Durham, whom the multititled mentor said to be in even better shape than he once was.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“He was here for three weeks before he came back home and I can honestly say he was in much, much better shape than he’s been in the last couple of years,” Black told Saturday after his team played Korean club Jeonju KCC Egis to a tie in a tune-up game. “Probably because he played in Japan during the offseason and played very, very well there and came here three weeks ago in great shape.” Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island MANILA, Philippines—Meralco head coach Norman Black has plenty of reasons to be buzzing heading into the PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption The 31-year-old Durham rejoined the Bolts last month but recently had to return to the US for the meantime for the birth of his first child. He is scheduled to be back Sunday.A healthy Raymond Almazan is also a welcome sight for Black after the 6-foot-8 beanpole, who missed several games in the Commissioner’s Cup due to a calf injury.With Durham and Almazan teaming up in the paint, Meralco won’t have to worry about lack of size upfront which has been the team’s major issue in the past.It’s now the Bolts’ turn to cause problems for the rest of the league.Meralco kicks off its campaign in the Governors’ Cup with a showdown against defending champion Magnolia next Saturday with the Bolts looking to put to the league on notice.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City “They’re the defending champions, they have one of the best imports so it’s gonna be a tough game for us,” Black said. “But like I said, having AD back gives us a lot of confidence that we can beat any team in the league and if the locals play the way they played today then, we certainly have a chance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mayweather says he’s working on ‘exhibition’ fight with Pacquiao in Tokyo LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son View commentslast_img

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