CHRIS Banchero is a game-time decision for Alaska as it kicks off its PBA Governors Cup semifinals series against Meralco Sunday.
Coach Alex Compton said the availability of his guard depends on his condition right before Game One set at 7 p.m. at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Banchero sprained his ankle in Alaska’s 96-85 ouster of San Miguel Beer during their quarterfinals series.
The injury held the Fil-Italian guard to just two points and two rebounds in 22 minutes of play.
“That would be a game time decision, and ultimately, just depends on how he quickly recovers,” said Compton, who was at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to scout the Bolts during their 108-103 overtime victory over the Phoenix Fuel Masters in a do-or-die encounter for the remaining semis berth on Friday.
Banchero has not practiced with the Aces the past two days as his ankle remained swollen.
“Sunday, warm-up , how are you feeling, what do you think, and then we’ll go from there,” said Compton of how his treating the case of one of his prized players.
Banchero not being available for the series opener – and more so, for the best-of-five series – would be a big blow for the Aces as the 29-year-old native of Seattle, Washington has been playing the best basketball of his career.
The Alaska playmaker is leading the league in assist this conference with an average of 8.7 per game, while contributing 15.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals.
The numbers had Banchero making a strong case for the Best Player of the Conference award, where he is currently running third behind frontrunners Christian Standhardinger and Japeth Aguilar,