Chris Banchero’s triple wins it  for Alaska over Meralco, 81-79


Chris Banchero grinded a game-winning triple, as Alaska Aces disappointed Meralco Bolts, 81-79 started off on Wednesday evening at Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

American-born Filipino-Italian, Chris Banchero hoisted a three-pointer from the right corner with just 4 seconds left that turned out to be the winning basket, limiting the Aces’ comeback from nine point down inside the last 2:43 minutes left. The maven further added 3 rebounds and 5 assists to the victory.

Alaska head Coach Alex Compton said – We were down nine and I was telling the guys, “hey, we have time,” “What a time for JVee (Casio), RJ (Jazul) and Chris (Banchero) to step up.” He has an uncanny ability to penetrate, to finish, to make plays and an unbelievable amount of energy,” Compton said of his tireless forward. “But I’m most proud when he makes people around him better.

Jvee Casio and Manuel marked back-to-back baskets to cut the deficit to a single possession game, 77-75, with less than 2 minutes left in the game. RJ Jazul’s corner triple added Aces, 78-77, with 27.3 seconds to go. But a three point play from Jonathan Grey put the Bolts back on top, 79-78.

Abueva, who is back for the second game after quad injury, added 9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks with over 30 minutes of game. Chris Newsome led the scorers led all scorers with 23 points on top of eight rebounds and 5 assists while Reynel Hugnatan notched 15 points comprising a escape debilitate that put Meralco ahead by nine late.