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Early clash with preseason favorite TNT to dictate how Alaska should go says Banchero

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANDALUYONG--For point guard Chris Banchero, if there is one game that Alaska can use if the team wants to be back at championship contention, that would be its season-opener against Talk 'n Text.

"I'm glad we got them right off the bat. It will be a good point for us where we are as a team," Banchero told few sportswriters after the Aces' practice at the Gatorade Hoops Center on Thursday night.

Banchero actually had double commitments on Thursday as right after his club's training, he had to attend the launch of a sports drink's new variant at the said venue.

He, however, admitted that with the arrival of top picks Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario to the fold, the Tropang Texters just became a more formidable opposition.

"Talk 'n Text is a great team, and they only got better. They added Mo and they added Troy. It's gonna be a tough match-up," Banchero continued.

Despite being known for its run-and-gun game, Banchero said that Alaska will put a premium on defense entering its Friday night game with TNT.

"We pride ourselves on playing defense against other teams," he said about his team's play-stopping prowess.

The Aces and the Texters will clash in the nightcap of the second day of the PBA season at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 7 p.m., right after the 4:15 p.m. curtain-raiser between the Blackwater Elite and the NLEX Road Warriors.

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