SAN Juan eased past undermanned Quezon City, 68-50, on Monday in the MPBL Datu Cup.
The Knights picked up their 18th win in 23 games, in fourth spot and already assured of homecourt advantage in the next round.
QC’s Hesed Gabo missed the game as he had a prior commitment in Japan, while his backcourt mate Andoy Estrella had a hamstring injury.
Big man Jeff Morillo is out due to a shoulder injury while Jay Collado was used sparingly, going scoreless in only six minutes.
QC, hit only 24-percent from the free throw line, going 8 for 33, as it absorbed its 11th loss in 21 games. The Capitals remained in sixth spot of the northern division.
Caloocan kept its flickering playoff hopes alive following a 76-62 win over Laguna.
The Supremos notched their 10th win in 24 games and stayed at No. 9 with only one game left. Caloocan needs to wrap up their elimination round campaign with a win and hope that Quezon City, Navotas and Pampanga won’t exceed 10 wins.
Almond Vosotros had 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists while Damian Lasco ended up with a career-high 21 markers for the Supremos.
It was a crucial setback for Laguna, which dropped to 10-14 for ninth spot in the southern division.