A 44-point night from John Wilson helps San Juan win a tough road game against Pampanga.

Bob Guerrero on Sep 18, 2019 09:58 AM
MPBL: Wilson breaks record, as San Juan tops Pampanga
"Nakuha namin ang experience last year [season], at saka ang team defense. Yan ang bumubuhay sa amin." - John Wilson (FILE PHOTO)

John Wilson's game for the ages powered the San Juan Knights Go For Gold to 102-97 in overtime win over the Pampanga Giant Lanterns - ADG Group of Companies in Tuesday's featured game of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

A turn-away crowd at the Angeles University Foundation Gymnasium came to see their fast-improving Giant Lanterns beat the defending champs. Instead they witnessed history, with Wilson dropping 44 points, a new MPBL all-time record for one player in one game, on their squad.

When asked how they pulled off the win in a hostile environment, Wilson said "siguro ang experience namin. Nakuha namin ang experience last [season], at saka ang team defense. Yan ang bumubuhay sa amin."

Wilson's unreal stat line reveals he also pulled down 9 rebounds, hit 14 of 26 from the field for 53 percent, and drained 9 of 17 three-point attempts, or 52 percent. He also went to the stripe 7 times and eased in every shot.

The Knights trailed ADG Group of Companies 72-67 after three periods. Pampanga's Dexter Maiquez, who ended up with 24 points and 13 rebounds, was in form and the Kapampangan fans sniffed an upset, but Mike Ayonayon's 8 fourth-quarter points, including a couple of three-balls, and production from Wilson and Jonard Clarito, helped San Juan roar back into the lead.

A Maiquez layup with 33 seconds left eventually sent the game into overtime with the score tied at 85-85. In the extension Wilson found an extra gear, and with the game tied again at 93-all he scored the Knight's last 9 points, off layups, a triple, and from the free throw line. Pampanga had no answer.

Randy Alcantara's tightens their grip on the top spot in the league table with a 13-1 card while the Lanterns see a three-game win streak end as they slip to 9-5.


Davao Occidental Tigers 88 - 76 Bicol Volcanoes

In the second game of the day's schedule the Davao Occidental Tigers - Cocolife stamped their class on the Bicol Volcanoes - LCC Stores with a decisive 88-76 win.

Cocolife were in cruise control in the first half, leading 53-29. Mark Yee, who ended up with 19 points, led the way for the Davaoenos. An inspired Alwyn Alday found his offensive rhythm in the third, and when he hit a layup with 4 minutes left in the quarter, that cut the DavOcc lead to just 9, 57-48. But by the start of the 4th Billy Robles, Chester Saldua and Pamboy Raymundo had restored much of the margin and were on top 67-51.

Alday topscored for Bicol with 17 markers. In the last quarter Bicol could not get the lead down lower than 10, and Davao Occidental held on for the win to advance to 12-2 while Bicol loses a third straight game and goes to 8-8.


Basilan Steel 98 - 85 Imus Bandera

In the opening game Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic came alive in the second half to derail Imus Bandera Khaleb Shawarma GLC Trucks and Equipment 98-85.

Down 54-42 at the half the Steel employed 9-0 and 10-0 runs in the third period to will themselves back in the game. Hesed Gabo and Chris Dumapig made big contributions as the fourth quarter began with Basilan up 74-68. Jumbo Plastic's momentum continued into the final period, with a pair of Gab Danganon triples setting the stage for the win.

Jay Collado was the top scorer for Basilan with 17 points, Dagangon was close behind with 15. Imus homegrown player John Cantimbuhan was the best Bandera scorer with 13, while Gerald Anderson was quietly efficient with 11.


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