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    Magnolia tries to boost bid for last eight against also-ran NLEX

    Jul 4, 2018

    MAGNOLIA seeks to step closer to a quarterfinal berth on Wednesday when the Hotshots face NLEX at the resumption of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The Hotshots face the Road Warriors at 7 p.m. as the league returns following a break to give way for the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers.

    Magnolia holds a 4-5 win-loss record, losing to Barangay Ginebra, 104-84, on June 17.

    Despite their struggles this conference, the Hotshots can gain at least a playoff for a quarterfinal berth with a victory over the also-ran Road Warriors side.

    During the Fiba break, Magnolia signed Wayne Chism for the Hotshots’ last push for a seat in the playoffs.

    Magnolia can’t afford to lose in the final two games of the elimination round with Phoenix (4-6) and Columbian (4-7) close behind.


      Without Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas, the Road Warriors have struggled with four straight losses to hold a 2-8 record entering the final game of the conference where they look to finish with a bang.

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      In the first game, San Miguel faces Blackwater at 4:30 p.m.

      After a slow start, the Beermen have revived their title retention bid and now hold a 5-4 card. They have won two straight games, beating NLEX, 125-114, in its last game in Calasiao, Pangasinan last June 23.

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      The Elite look to finish the conference with an upset win over the defending champions. Blackwater has only one win in 10 games in the Commissioner’s Cup.


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