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    Phoenix, Meralco face separate foes in bid to stay in playoff contention

    Jul 12, 2019
    Coaches Norman Black and Louie Alas try to lead their teams to victory.
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    PHOENIX Pulse and Meralco battle separate foes in a crucial clash on Friday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    The Fuel Masters take on NLEX at 4:30 p.m., while the Bolts battle against NorthPort at 7 p.m. at the Cuneta Astrodome.

    Phoenix Pulse and Meralco are looking to secure a win to stay in contention for a quarterfinal berth.

    The Fuel Masters are currently in a tie for eighth place with Alaska with a 4-6 card, while the Bolts are occupying the 10th spot in the standings.

    Phoenix is looking to bounce back from its 128-108 loss to San Miguel, its second straight defeat in the conference.

    Meralco, on the other hand, hasn’t played since its 99-88 defeat against Magnolia last June 29 in Zamboanga City, its fourth defeat in a row.

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      Another defeat could be crucial to their playoff hopes with Alaska and Columbian, in 11th with a 3-7, still with a shot at a quarterfinal berth.

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      Meanwhile, NLEX, at last place with a 2-8 card, is looking to finish its Commissioner’s Cup campaign strong with an upset victory over Phoenix Pulse.

      Already secured of the twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, NorthPort, in second place with an 8-2 card, is looking for momentum as it enters the playoffs with a victory over Meralco.

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      Coaches Norman Black and Louie Alas try to lead their teams to victory.
      PHOTO: jerome ascaño
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