SAN Juan scored a 67-61 victory over Bataan, ending the Risers’ 14-game winning run in the MPBL Datu Cup on Monday night at the People’s Center in Balanga.
The Knights handed the Risers their first loss at home.
Bataan at 14-2 remains on top, while San Juan improved its win-loss record to 15-3 to tighten its grip on the second spot.
Former PBA player Larry Rodriguez had 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Knights scored their fifth straight win.
San Juan outrebounded Bataan counterpart, 56-43, and held the Risers gunners to a miserable 1 of 17 shooting from beyond the arc.
“Malaki itong panalo na ito kasi na-stop naming yung 14-game winning streak nila. Our game plan was to utilize our advantage sa big men kasi yun talaga ang bentahe namin sa kanila,” said San Juan coach Randy Alcantara, a member of the San Juan Knights team that won the championship in the MBA in 2000.
Earlier, Manila defeated General Santos City, 63-57.
The Stars improved their win-loss record to 14-3 and kept their hold of the No.3 spot. The loss was the ninth in 16 games for the Warriors, who fell to eighth spot in the southern division.