MPBL: San Juan flexes muscle at expense of Pampanga

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 21, 2018 10:52 AM
MPBL: San Juan flexes muscle at expense of Pampanga
San Juan looked like the Knights of old in a 32432423-rout of Pampanga

San Juan was one of the top teams in the short-lived Metropolitan Basketball Association.

Now gracing the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, they are out to prove that nothing has changed.

The Knights did just that on Wednesday at the Angeles University Foundation Gym, pounding on home team Pampanga by 23 points, 93-70, for an emphatic start to their campaign in the 2018 Anta Datu Cup.

Former Ginebra gunner John Wilson caught fire in his league debut and wound up with 20 points built on four triples.

Behind Wilson’s sniping, San Juan scored no less than 23 in the first three quarters before resting its key cogs for the final frame.

Ex-pro Larry Rodriguez also added 12 points in just 13 minutes of play while former collegiate stars CJ Isit and Rian Ayonayon chipped in 14 and 10 markers, respectively.

It wasn’t just those four who did damage, though, as the Knights were white-hot from the field, making good on 53 percent of their shots.

The same couldn’t be said for the Lanterns whose only bright spot was Allen Enriquez who scored 20 points. With that, the expansion team was at the wrong end of a rout to open its campaign.

In the day’s other game which was a duel between two founding members of the league, Paranaque outlasted Valenzuela, 76-73.

Former PBA D-League standout Mac Montilla was the star of the show with 20 points on top of five rebounds and two assists. On his shoulders, the Patriots scored their first win in just their first game under new head coach Eric Samson.

Paolo Hubalde and Rocky Acidre showed the way for the 0-1 Classic with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

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