PBA: Phoenix faces acid test in hungry Magnolia


Posted at Mar 06 2019 01:01 AM

Coach Louie Alas wants to see if the Phoenix Fuel Masters have developed their character starting with their game against the Magnolia Hotshots this Wednesday.

Alas believes the game will be their first true test after racking 7 wins in 8 games.

"Big test talaga ang last three games," said Alas in the PBA website.

First, they will have to tackle Magnolia (1-3), which has regained its bearings by beating the Meralco Bolts. Then they will have to face San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra in order to get a twice-to-beat bonus in the playoffs.

Both the Hotshots and the Fuel Masters are known for their defensive game, which is why Magnolia coach Chito Victolero is already anticipating it to be a hard grind.

"Malamang defensive battle talaga ‘yan," said Victolero of their faceoff with Phoenix.

Magnolia will battle Phoenix at 7 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum.

In the 4:30 p.m. curtain raiser, Rain or Shine will face a hard-pressed Columbian Dyip.

The Dyip (3-5) want to keep its playoffs hopes alive by piling more wins.

But the Elasto Painters (7-2) will want to move closer to a top 2 slot, which means a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

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