Chris Banchero made his debut for the Magnolia Hotshots, Wednesday against Phoenix Pulse, and gave himself a passing score after contributing 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 22 minutes of play as the Hotshots pulled off a much-needed 97-81 victory over the Fuel Masters which kept their chances alive for a top four finish in the elimination round of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.
The newest Hotshot, however, almost failed to finish the game after he was on the receiving end of an unintentional elbow from former teammate RJ Jazul.
“My first game was good. My old teammate hit me with an elbow. After that, I was a bit dizzy. I’m just happy we got the win and close it out against a team that was fighting for their lives to get to the playoffs,” said Banchero.
“I thought we played well. I thought Rome (Dela Rosa) did a great job on their import and we made it tough on Matt (Wright) as well. Romeo Travis had a great game. I think he almost had a triple-double. When he gets guys involved, we are tough to beat,” added the good-looking Fil-Italian guard.
With his first game now a part of history, the 5th overall pick in the 2014 rookie draft is now looking forward to further familiarizing himself with his new team’s system.
“I didn’t have to try to do too much. There’s a lot of other guys who can create and make plays. For me, it makes my job a lot easier. I’m still getting used to it. I feel brand new. It’s going to take a little time to develop that chemistry. I feel once that happens, I think we are going to be a tough ballclub,” said Banchero.