PBA: Banchero, Alaska brace for more aggressive Jones in do-or-die tiff

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 24 2019 05:52 AM

Chris Banchero had 14 points in Alaska's win over TNT. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines -- The Alaska Aces expect a fired-up Terrence Jones to come out when they play the TNT KaTropa in a do-or-die showdown in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The Aces limited Jones to just 19 points when they played last Sunday, and shackled the KaTropa to just 29% shooting en route to a 108-72 demolition of TNT. The huge win allowed the eighth-seeded Aces to force a knockout game for a spot in the semifinals against the top team in the league.

"Our defense was fantastic," said Alaska point guard Chris Banchero, who was one of six Aces in double digits with 14 points. "I thought Bry (Carl Bryan Cruz) did a great job. I thought Racs (Kevin Racal), I thought everybody who had a job on Terrence Jones tonight did a great job."

With their defense on point against the former NBA player, Alaska allowed Jones to connect on just six of 13 shots, and forced him to 7 turnovers. Jones sat out the whole fourth quarter, after being tagged with a flagrant foul for shoving Cruz.

"That was the plan, to stay in the gaps and make other players beat us, and we did a great job," said Banchero.

Come Wednesday, however, Banchero expect the KaTropa to have made the necessary adjustments.

"We need to make our own adjustments as well," he stressed. "They're gonna come out a lot more aggressive than they were (on Sunday)."

The Aces "cannot be too happy," Banchero said, especially as they are going up against a "very good team, very well-coached."

"And you know, they're the No. 1 seed for a reason," he added. "So we need to be prepared for what they got on Wednesday."

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