San Juan gave Mandaluyong a sound beating while Navotas shocked heavy favorite Manila in the MPBL Datu Cup late Tuesday night at the San Andres Gym in Manila.
The Knights sizzled right from the get-go, taking a 28-7 lead in the first period on the way to a 76-60 beating of the El Tigre.
Showing no mercy was San Juan, which led by as many as 36 points, 65-29, to practically take the fight out of Mandaluyong and notch its 19th win in 24 games. The Knights can end their campaign on a winning note with a win against Valenzuela in their last game in the elims.
San Juan is already assured of a top four berth that would give the squad a home court advantage.
Navotas sealed Mandaluyong’s doom by pulling off a tough 96-92 win over host team Manila.
Despite the El Tigre’s setback earlier, the Clutch were facing a must-win situation as a loss would complicate things more for them.
Good thing coach Gabby Severino of Navotas was able to make adjustments by playing small ball.
Jai Reyes knocked in 33 points, including 14 in the third period when Navotas fought back from a 12-point deficit. His backcourt partner, Donald Gumaru, added 12 points, but more importantly, played a key role on defense.
He stole the ball from JC Parker down the stretch then completed the steal with a lay up for a 94-92 lead with 28 seconds to go.