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    New-look Banchero finds defense lacking for still slumping Aces: 'We're not the team we used to be'

    Jul 19, 2017
    Chris Banchero rocked a new look and stayed solid with 11 points and eight assists but rued the Aces still lacked the defensive teeth they were previously known for. Jerome Ascano

    LIKE the change he wanted with his hair, Chris Banchero is also hoping that Alaska would recommit to doing what it does best after not living up to its identity in the team’s 112-104 loss to NLEX on opening night of the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday.

    The veteran playmaker rued his team’s defense against the Road Warriors, allowing them to reach triple-digit scoring, 60 points in the paint, and making 47 percent (44-of-93) of their shots overall.

    “We’re just not playing defense,” the blonde-haired Banchero said. “We’re giving up too many easy baskets. They’re just shooting layups and layups and layups all game, so obviously we need to fix that.

    “We’re not the team we used to be, and we need to change that,” he added.

    [See NLEX sustains strong Commissioner's Cup finish with win over Alaska in Governors Cup debut]

    Asked if there’s something psychologically affecting them aside from the technical standpoint amid this franchise-worst nine-game skid, Banchero shook his head, saying it’s simply their defense.

    “We’re just not taking pride in defense that we did two years ago when we were the best defensive team in the league,” the Filipino-Italian guard said. “People were having trouble against us every night. And now, it’s a walk in the park, coming down the lane all night, so we need to take some pride and change that – tomorrow.”

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    Banchero, who registered 11 points, eight assists, one rebound, and one steal against NLEX, has already undergone a recent change – at least on his hair.

    “I just wanted to change things up. That’s all it is, man – just change things up,” he said. “It didn’t (bring good fortune) tonight, so I don’t know. My hair has nothing to do with the way we’re playing defense, so we need to change that.”

    “Every single one of us needs to change,” he added.

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