Teams playing San Juan are poised to bring their A-game each time they face the reigning champions.
But after six games, even their best were not good enough as the Go For Gold-backed Knights stayed unscathed. Their latest win over the Parañaque Patriots-Yabo Sports, 81-65, is proof of San Juan’s continuous domination in the MPBL Lakan Season.
Mac Cardona poured in 16 points while Larry Rodriguez added 13 as the Knights stayed as the only unbeaten team in the tournament and kept solo lead in the 31-team cast of the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league.
San Juan’s 6-0 start is the best start in franchise history.
The Knights pulled away midway the second period as a Rodriguez lay-up gave his squad a 40-24 advantage, with 3:29 left in the second frame.
But the Patriots, mostly composed of homegrown talents, refused to throw in the towel right away and rallied in the third period, inching closer to within five, 45-40, as James Abugan capped an 8-2 run.
That was the closest Parañaque could get as the more experienced San Juan team took care of business from there on and handed the Patriots their fifth loss in seven games.
Following their latest setback, the Patriots dropped to 11th place.