PBA: Chris Banchero misses Game 1 due to 'significant family emergency'
Philip Matel on Jul 14, 2018 10:06 PM
Chris Banchero left practice immediately and went home yesterday, but Compton did not elaborate over the specifics of the 'emergency'. (File Photo/PBA Images)
It has been a tough few weeks for Chris Banchero.
Over a month since losing his best friend, Alaska's leader in minutes missed Game 1 due to a 'significant family emergency', per Aces head coach Alex Compton.
Banchero left practice immediately and went home yesterday, but Compton did not elaborate over the specifics of the 'emergency'.
"We're trying to respect his privacy and his space, but we got the news right at the end of practice yesterday. You know, Chris leads us in minutes played. He's one of our key pressure guys," the mentor said.
"So our thoughts, our love and support are with him. But it's a family matter and we're going to leave it at that. But, I hope none of us go through it. That's all I can say."
While there is not yet a definite timetable for his return, Compton and team management agree on one thing, let the Fil-Italian handle a private moment in his life.
"Alaska's family's first. And this is not a questions. Dickie and I were talking. It's just hard. It's just hard. This is our jobs, but life is really bigger than basketball."
Even though they lost one of the team's glue guys, the league leader in assists, Alaska vows to play even without him.
"He's been doing a great job, and he's been one of our leaders. Our jobs don't stop. We have got to play them. We got to find a way to be great, try to find a way to be great. "
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