ANTIPOLO CITY – Chris Banchero had his hands full on Wednesday night trying to stabilize Alaska’s backcourt against, arguably, the best backcourt duo in the PBA today.
The sophomore guard worked hard at the defensive end as he had the unenviable task of trying to contain the explosive Globalport pair of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle in the Aces’ 133-106 win over the Batang Pier in the main game of the Governors Cup at the Ynares Center here.
Banchero admitted it’s impossible to stop the two from wrecking havoc, but containing the rest of the Batang Pier was the key to winning the game.
“They’re two of the top guards in the PBA. They’re gonna get theirs, they’re gonna score their points,” said the Alaska stalwart. “But I thought we did a good job (defensively) on everybody else. They’re (Romeo and Pringle) tough to cover, everybody knows that.”
Romeo led Globalport with 26 points, including 4 of 9 from three-point range, while Pringle added 20 points. The two were also responsible for 12 of the team’s 19 total assists.
No other locals though, finished in double figures for the Batang Pier after the two except for Joseph Yeo, who had 11.
In contrast, the Aces had a balance scoring, with six players contributing double figures in scoring, including 20 by Banchero – nine of them coming in the final quarter when Alaska ripped the game apart.
The win put the Aces in a better position for the playoffs as they look to sweep their remaining games in the eliminations. They face the streaking Phoenix Fuel Masters next.
“We need to win the next two. We knew coming into this we need to win three in a row to put ourselves in a good position in the playoffs. Hopefully, we peak at the right time,” said Banchero.