MANILA -- Alaska found itself succumbing to its ninth straight defeat after losing its opening match against NLEX on Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The losing skein dated back from the Commissioner’s Cup where the Aces tumbled out from the quarterfinals race with a dismal 4-7 record.
Fil-Italian guard Chris Banchero wasn’t amused, especially after seeing his team practically giving away baskets in their 104-112 loss.
“We’re just not playing defense,” Banchero, who finished with 11 points and eight assists against the Road Warriors, told FOX Sports.
“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.”
Banchero admitted that it seems they have lost the defense Alaska was known for.
“We’re just not taking pride in defense that we did two years ago when we were the best defensive team in the league. 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,” he said.
Tied at 94-all with less than five minutes to go, NLEX pulled away. A slam by import Aaron Fuller was the final nail on Alaska’s coffin as the Road Warriors pushed ahead with a 107-98 lead just 1:30 to go.
Buck Henton had 27 points, while Simon Enciso added 21 for the Aces. These, however, weren’t enough to save Alaska.
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