GERALD Anderson's best game for Marikina in the MPBL Datu Cup went for naught as the Shoemasters lost to the Parañaque Patriots, 71-68, on Wednesday at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.
The celebrity baller scored a career-high 20 points to go with four steals. He was so hot he scored 11 points in the second quarter alone.
The last play was eventually drawn for him, but Anderson missed a potential game-tying triple in the last 25 seconds, allowing the Patriots to gift Monel Kallos a first career win as head coach.
It was the eighth win in 15 games for the Patriots, who dealt the Shoemasters their seventh straight loss. Marikina now slipped to 4-10 win-loss slate and dropped to the last spot of the southern division alongside Basilan.
Quezon City, another struggling team, stunned heavy favorite Muntinlupa, 100-97, in overtime.
Long-time backcourt mates Hesed Gabo and Andoy Estrella led six players in double figures for the Capitals, who improved to 4-8 but remained in ninth spot of the competitive northern conference.
Jay Collado and Joco Tayongtong tallied 16 apiece while Alwyn Alday and Buenaventura Raflores had 10 each in a display of balanced firepower by Quezon City.
A three-pointer from Jamille Ortuoste sent the game to an extra period, but the Capitals kept their composure in overtime.
The Cagers are now 9-4 after losing for the fourth time in their last five games under coach Aldin Ayo.
Ayo, the two-time collegiate champion coach who took over from Aldrin Morante, now head coach of Pampanga, had won only two games of six.