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    Long break before PBA Finals a blessing as Banchero plays through groin injury

    Nov 17, 2018
    PHOTO: edward solo

    CHRIS Banchero said the two-week break leading to the PBA Governors’ Cup finals will be beneficial for Alaska as it is an opportunity to be completely healthy before the Aces face Magnolia in the best-of-seven championship series.

    Alaska beat Meralco, 99-92, on Saturday to end the best-of-five semifinal series with the Aces defeating the Bolts in the series, 3-1. Game One will be played on December 5 to give way to the next window of the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers.

    That will give each team enough rest for the finals.

    “I think it’s a blessing that we get two weeks because of Fiba where all of us can get rest a little bit and get healthy,” Banchero said.

    “My groin is bothering me a bit. But other guys stepped up tonight,” he said.

    Banchero praised the second unit for leading Alaska to the Game Four win that closed out the series against Meralco in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.

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    Alaska beat Meralco, 99-92, on Saturday to end the best-of-five semifinal series with the Aces defeating the Bolts in the series, 3-1.

    Banchero said all the credit in the win goes to the second-stringers, who scored 42 points in the Game Four victory.

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    JV Casio spearheaded the second-stringers’ attack with 14 points as the Aces made their return to the finals after two years.

    “The starters played terrible. The second unit came out and brought us back to life. JVee Ping, Davvon, everybody. Without them, it will be 2-2,” said Banchero.

    Banchero played through a pulled groin on Saturday where he finished with nine points, three rebounds, and three assists in 21 minutes.

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