San Juan overtakes Manila in MPBL standings
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 22, 2018 02:52 PM
San Juan bested Manila in a heavyweight showdown
San Juan brought down Manila in an exciting finish even as Imus pulled off a huge come from behind win over Navotas in a pair of cliffhangers last Wednesday in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
The Knights of San Juan outlasted their cross-city rival Stars of Manila, 84-80, to overtake their rivals in the tough northern division of this tournament.
San Juan’s latest win enabled the squad to pick up its 13th win in 16 games to move up to solo second spot behind tournament leader Bataan Risers. The loss dropped Manila to third spot with a 12-3 slate.
Larry Rodriguez and Mike Ayonayon combined forces in the final minute of overtime, propelling their squad in a down to the wire encounter.
Rodriguez completed a three-point play while Ayonayon came away with a breakaway lay up.
San Juan was trailing by a point entering the final minute of the overtime period when Rodriguez powered his way to the basket and picked up a foul from Chris Bitoon. He completed the three-point play to shove the Knights ahead, 82-80.
In the next play, Manila went to its main man Riel Cervantes, who picked up a foul from Rodriguez with 42 seconds left. The usually reliable forward missed both shots from the foul line but the Stars got another chance when Marcy Arellano stole the ball from Larry Muyang after a rebound scramble.
The Stars had two chances which they both muffed - a missed a jumper from Cervantes and a misfired long two from Bitoon. That allowed the Knights to score off a transition play as Mike Ayonayon went coast to coast for a breakaway lay up that proved to be the insurance basket.
Earlier, Imus Bandera pulled off one of the biggest come from behind victories in league history as they fought back from 26 points down before winning over the Navotas Clutch, 79-78.