Ahead of post-Halloween clash vs. NorthPort, Alaska in cloudy state as Banchero trade looms

Franko House will have to be tough physically and mentally to lift to another win amidst trade talks over the Halloween weekend. PBA Media Group (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Alaska now has a lot to ponder about entering its Sunday night game against NorthPort in the PBA Governors' Cup.

Aside from trying to get out of the cellar and make one last dash to the playoffs, the Aces may possibly have to deal it amidst the trade talks about Chris Banchero.

Banchero became the hot topic during the holiday when a trade sending him to Magnolia for Robert Herndon and Rodney Brondial was agreed upon.

The said swap won't be evaluated by the PBA trade committee until Monday, when the league's office will reopen.

Still, the morale of the Aces took a hit, putting them in a iffy case ahead of their 4:30 p.m. clash against the Batang Pier.

NorthPort, however, will also enter the Alaska game worried as the team will have to find someone to step up in the absence of Robert Bolick, who is set to undergo surgery on his right ACL and will be sidelined for six months.

The Batang Pier are in a relatively better position than the Aces at 3-4, but like them, they also need to rack up a win to bolster their own quarterfinal bid.

In the main game at 6:45 p.m., Meralco and Ginebra will collide for solo third place.

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