LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Magnolia, the defending champion that struggled in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations, shoots for a crucial victory when it clashes with Phoenix Pulse at Cuneta Astrodome, with the Hotshots to also use the game to break in new acquisition Chris Banchero.With a 4-4 record and needing to sweep its last three games for a chance at a twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the playoffs, Magnolia cannot afford to lose its 7 p.m. clash with the Fuel Masters, who are also in a must-win situation just to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw MOST READ SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Nationals in impressive debut Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Beermen will be the heavy favorites to turn back the Elite, who dealt away a lot of their stars starting with No. 2 overall pick Ray Parks and gunslinger Allein Maliksi and two others.San Miguel lost to Meralco and NorthPort in succession last week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Banchero, just three days after being traded by Alaska, comes to a Magnolia side that is loaded at the guard spot. And whether he fits in the rotation will get a partial answer.Coach Chito Victolero admitted the other day that they really didn’t have a need for another guard, but when the offer to acquire Banchero came, he said that he would be foolish to pass this one up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Paul Lee and Marc Barroca are the premier point guards of the team, which could force the hand of Victolero to play Banchero at the shooting guard spot.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer, reeling from back-to-back losses, slugs it out with Blackwater in the 4:30 p.m. contest.