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Former PBA players deliver as SJ Knights record perfect 10

San Juan made it a record perfect 10 in the MPBL Lakan Season on Monday night while Manila and Pasay continued their streaks at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

The Go For Gold-backed Knights demolished the Cebu Sharks, 86-69, to remain as the only unbeaten team in the tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.

Ex-pros John Wilson and Mac Cardona presided over the offense for the Knights, who also drew solid games from Mike Ayonayon and Jhonard Clarito.

Wilson erupted for 23 points, Cardona contributed 16 and Ayonayon, last season’s Finals MVP, added 12.

John Wilson of the San Juan Knights (MPBL photo)

John Wilson of the San Juan Knights (MPBL photo)

Not to be left out was Jhonard Clarito who produced11 points and 10 rebounds for the Knights, whose 10-0 record is the best ever start in the history of the league.

The Stars of Manila, on the other hand, were pushed to the limit by the Valenzuela Classic before prevailing, 71-66.

It was the seventh straight win for the Frontrow-backed Stars, who improved their win-loss record to 9-1 and kept a hold of the solo second spot of the northern division of this tournament.

Pasay outlasted Rizal, 74-69, in the main game as the Voyagers picked up their third consecutive win and improved their win-loss record to 6-5.

The Voyagers were led by Axel Inigo, who hit 26 points, including a steady 6-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc.

Two players also ended up with a double-double performance for the Voyagers.

Dhon Reverente came away with yet another double-double performance of 11 points and 13 rebounds while Raymond Ilagan had 10 points and 11 boards for the Voyagers.

Jan Jamon contributed nine, including a crucial drive to the basket in the last 24 seconds that potentially secured the win for Pasay, which moved up in a tie for sixth to seventh places with the Bulacan Kuyas in the tough northern division.