LARRY Rodriguez posted a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds to power San Juan to an 81-77 victory over Caloocan on Saturday in the MPBL Datu Cup at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
Samboy de Leon added 12 points as the Knights scored their fourth win in as many games.
Classic of Valenzuela stunned Batangas City Athletics-Tanduay, 78-66, in the other game.
It was the first time win for the Classic in four tries against the Athletics. Last season, Batangas City swept Valenzuela on its way to making the championship round.
The Classic were better prepared this time, with coach Chris Gavina’s defensive game plan slowing down the Athletics.
“We tried to be quick, be more active on defense. We thought of nothing except Batangas City for the past eight days. Beating those guys was a remarkable feeling,” said Gavina.
Chris de Chavez scored 22 points for Valenzuela, which held Batangas City to 32-percent shooting from the field, 22 for 68.
Bong Galanza led the Athletics with 12 points, while Jhaymo was limited to eight points.
The Athletics’ usually dependable guards also struggled, with Lester Alvarez going 1 for 7 and Teytey Teodoro 2 for 9.