EASL: Allen Durham strikes on former team as Ryukyu cripples Meralco

Yoshiyuki Matsuwaki attempts a three against Chris Newsome. Fumio Kuroda/EASL
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Allen Durham showed his might against his former team as Ryukyu gave Meralco a rude welcome to the EASL with an 89-61 blowout on Wednesday night at the Okinawa Arena.

Durham, the Bolts' former resident import for the PBA Governors' Cup, put up 16 points while going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc alongside nine rebounds and six assists to backstop Keita Imamura, who led the Golden Kings with 19 markers on five triples and three assists.

Meralco actually took a 21-17 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Ryukyu outscored them, 72-40, in the last three quarters to preserve the home win.

The Golden Kings pulled away behind their brilliance from three-point range, in which they made 18-of-35 from deep.

Carl Tamayo had an efficient seven points, three rebounds, one assist, and one block off the bench for Ryukyu, which moved up to 2-1 in Group B action.

Chris Newsome made 11 points, three rebounds, three assists, and one steal to lead Meralco.

In his first game as a Bolt, Prince Ibeh only tallied 10 points, nine rebounds, one block, and one steal.

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