FACING a familiar foe in Stanley Pringle, Alaska’s Chris Banchero knew that he had to bring his A-Game against one of the best point guards in the PBA today.
Banchero did just that as he played an instrumental role in the Aces’ 105-98 victory over GlobalPort on Sunday in their Philippine Cup game at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
“I believe he brings out the best in everybody. You need to be at your best when you’re guarding him,” said Banchero. “He’s very, very shifty when he gets to the basket and he can shoot the ball so you have to be at your best when you’re guarding him.”
The two players go a long way back even before the PBA as they made a name for themselves as some of the best guards to play in the Asean Basketball League back in 2012 and 2013.
Banchero played for a San Miguel team that won the the title in the ABL's fourth season while Pringle starred for the Indonesia Warriors which snagged the championship a year earlier.
“I’ve been playing against him for seven years now. He’s one hell of a player. He had a big game, but we gutted it out,” Banchero continued.
Pringle was efficient as usual with 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists but Banchero held his own, scoring 16 points as a starter. He also sparked the fourth-quarter rally of the Aces by hitting a three pointer and completing a three-point play.
“I felt like when I hit that three, it put us on a little run and I told JV (Casio) that I still got a lot of energy,” Banchero explained. “He found me at the sideline, I got a three point play and we continued to play defense.”
“It was a great week for us, we picked up three wins in seven days which is tough."