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    Black confident Banchero will adapt quickly to Meralco system

    Feb 14, 2022
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    Chris Banchero had the second most attempts behind import Tony Bishop.
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    CHRIS Banchero played a solid outing despite the limited time adjusting to the Meralco system.

    A free agent acquisition during the suspension of the games, Banchero had 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the Bolts’ 101-95 win over Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.

    Banchero joined Meralco practice only on Thursday and coach Norman Black noted the Fil-Italian seemed out of place at times in defense, but said he was was pleased with the 33-year-old guard's contributions.

    But Black is confident Banchero can quickly adapt.

    “He came in and contributed,” said Black. “He doesn’t really know what we are doing yet. I could see defensively that we weren’t as smooth because we lost some rotations because he doesn’t really know what we are doing defensively yet.”

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    Chris Banchero comes up with a fine performance in his Meralco debut.

    Despite his offensive numbers, Black said Banchero is still a work in progress as he only knows very few plays. Banchero shot 5 of 10 from the field, his attempts the second-most behind Tony Bishop.

    “Offensively, he only knows about two or three plays so I expect the days go by and we get more practice time that he would be better suited with the team,” said Black.

    Even with the limitations, Black has many reasons to be optimistic as Banchero generally played an excellent game in his debut.

    “He scored 12 points for us, he gave us some good pressure defense. He is going to be a big addition to our team,” said Black.

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    Chris Banchero had the second most attempts behind import Tony Bishop.
    PHOTO: PBA Images
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