PBA: Timely Banchero takeover saves Alaska’s conference
Paul Lintag on Jul 19, 2019 10:13 PM
Banchero hit two clutch jumpers for Alaska, allowing the Aces to force overtime against Meralco. They got the win in extra time to move on. (PBA)
With Alaska on the brink of elimination in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Chris Banchero was in full takeover mode Friday in the one-game knockout for 8th place.
Banchero hit two clutch jumpers for Alaska, allowing the Aces to force overtime against Meralco. They got the win in extra time to move on.
The first for Banchero was a big triple off an offensive rebound by JVee Casio to cut the deficit to one with 11 seconds to go.
Banchero then got another big one, a shot under duress with three seconds left to force a 96-all tie.
He scored nine of his 15 total points in that crucial fourth quarter rally.
“It started with JVee, he got a big rebound on the first three that I missed. When he kicked it out to me I know I had to knock it down for us to be in that game. Luckily it went down,” Banchero said.
“That last one, it was a big shot. I’m happy it went in. Sometimes those are the games you gotta have to break through you know,” he added.
Alaska’s prize for this tough overtime win is a date against no. 1 TNT on Sunday.
The KaTropa hold a twice-to-beat advantage and enter the playoffs with an eight-game winning streak.
The Aces are prepared to stand up for themselves even if they’re seen as heavy underdogs.
“We’ve been in a lot of tough games this conference, sometimes when that happens, teams begin to play well. Hopefully we do that on Sunday,” Banchero said.
“I told the guys not to be too happy, we’re still in the playoffs but at the end of the day we got a lot of work to do. TNT is very good but we’re not looking at it as a twice-to-beat but one game at a time,” he added.
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