PBA: Match-up with TNT will be Alaska's yardstick for the young season, says Banchero

Philip Matel on May 04, 2018 08:20 PM
PBA: Match-up with TNT will be Alaska's yardstick for season
Are the Alaska Aces title contenders for the Commissioner's Cup?

Are the Alaska Aces title contenders for the Commissioner's Cup?

Chris Banchero surely thinks so, and added that he sees the matchup against the TNT KaTropa as the barometer.

Banchero, who was a great orchestrator in Alaska's offense, scored nine and dished out 12 assists in the Aces' 134-103 rout of the Columbian Dyip Friday evening at the Big Dome. 

With Alaska rising to a 2-1 slate, the Fil-Am guard says it's never too early to put them in the title picture.

"We're definitely a championship-type team. That teams out  there will tell us where we are as a team. With all these teams, you got to be going up the hill at the very end of the conference. We'll see how we'll go," Banchero said after the game.

As he sees the match-up with the KaTropa as a gauge for their ability thus far in this conference, Banchero believes that their showdown at the Ynares Center in Antipolo on May 13 will be a sight to see for the fans, as they face the new and explosive backcourt tandem of Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo, and is augmented by Jericho Cruz' instant offense from the bench.

"There is always a thing that I want to correct. We'll go watch film on Monday. We got Talk N Text before the All-Star Game I believe. They're gonna be tough. They've got Terrence, Jayson over there. Jericho, and a bunch of other good guys. It will be a really good great game. A good test for us."

Talking about his floor general duties in the win, he credits an import of Antonio Campbell's caliber, which he says can score 40 in any given night, really does make their job easier, thus helping them be more focused on their roles.

"Everything's easier for everybody. [Campbell] spreads the floor. We're making a lot of extra passes. When we have an import, they can really score the ball, so I'm looking to make plays, make other people better, when the import comes in."

 

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