MPBL: San Juan continues their hot start with a big home win against QC.
Bob Guerrero on Aug 06, 2019 09:33 AM
"Hindi talaga nawawala ang team defense namin, yan ang nagpa-champion sa amin." - San Juan's John Wilson (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
San Juan Knights - Go For Gold remained the only perfect team in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup with a comprehensive 89-71 rout of Quezon City Capitals WEMSAP on Monday night.
A throng of San Juaneños packed the Filoil Flying V Centre and witnessed a ruthless display from the Knights, who win the turf battle for dominance over Bonny Serrano Avenue. John Wilson was magnificent with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Knights.
"Hindi talaga nawawala ang team defense namin, yan ang nagpa-champion sa amin," said Wilson afterwards.
It was a competitive game until the third quarter, with Aaron Black hitting nine first-half points for the Capitals. But the champs unleashed a 13-2 run led by Mac Cardona and Lester Reyes that gave them a 57-45 advantage midway through the quarter.
Then in the final period Wilson caught fire, erupting for ten points in that quarter, with a pair of triples, to bury the Capitals for good.
QC only shot 31% from the field and we're out-assisted 26-17 by the home team. They now sport a 4-3 slate. The Capitals were led in scoring by Clark Derigue with 19. Black was only able to add four points more in the second half. He was likely bothered by an incident in the second quarter where his face made contact with a teammate, and his braces gashed the inside of his lip. He played on despite the injury but it was reported that he would need medical attention after.
The second game on the schedule saw Nueva Ecija MiGuard survive Muntinlupa Cagers Angelis Resort 85-82.
Marlon Monte's 20 points were crucial as MiGuard snaps a five-game losing skid and gets only their second win in seven outings.
A 10-0 run by the Ecijanos put them 75-65 ahead with seven minutes to go in the final period. But JR Cawaling and Monte both went 0 for 2 from the stripe, and Muntinlupa reeled off three triples in quick succession, two from Ryusei Koga and another from John Ortuoste to knot the game at 79-all.
Soon after Edzel Mag-isa's baseline layup and split from the line pulled Muntinlupa to within one, 83-82. After another Nueva Ecija turnover with 16 seconds left Muntinlupa could have taken the lead on the fast break but Ivan Villanueva's pass inside to Mag-isa was pilfered by Jimbo Aquino. The ex-San Sebastian Stag was fouled, and his two free throws completed the final score. Reggie Basibas had a last-second chance to send the game into OT but his triple attempt missed.
Ortuoste led Muntinlupa with 19 points as the Cagers fall to 3-6 in the South Division.
The day began with the Pasay Voyagers handing Batangas City Athletics - Tanduay a 72-61 beatdown.
Dhon Reverente delivered a masterful performance for Marlon Martin's team, goring the Batangueño defense for 26 points, all but two of those occuring in the first three quarters. He was also credited with 15 rebounds and 4 steals.
The Athletics, who also go by the Rum City moniker, were still in the game late in the fourth quarter but four turnovers down the stretch doomed them.
Batangas coughed up the ball 25 times, as opposed to just 14 turnovers for Pasig.
The highlight of the last few plays was Axel Iñigo's stunning off-balance trey with two and a half minutes to go that just beat the shot clock and put the Voyagers up 68-59.
Jeff Viernes' 17 markers weren't enough for Rum City to get a W as they slip to 3-2. Pasay advances to 5-5.