Reigning champion San Juan Knights displayed their vicious form late Wednesday and clobbered Bacolod-Master Sardines, 95-71, in the MPBL Lakan Season at the Olivarez College Gym.
John Wilson poured in 22 points and Jhonard Clarito, the hero of last season’s finals, contributed 16 as the Knights remained unbeaten in four games to move up to solo lead in this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
Iloilo and Parañaque got back on the winning track after they hurdled their respective rivals.
The United Royals of Iloilo squandered a 19-point lead, but held on to escape with a 92-90 victory over fellow newcomer Nueva Ecija-MiGuards.
It was the third win in four games for the United Royals, but their latest win is not something head coach Eric Gonzales will be proud of.
Parañaque, on the other hand, turned to old reliables Jemal Vizcarra and Popoy Banzali in putting away Navotas, 82-71.
Vizcarra combined for the Patriots’ last nine points as they fended off a late uprising by the Clutch, who lost their second game in three starts. Parañaque improved its win-loss record to 2-3.