WITH girlfriend Bea Alonzo watching from the sidelines, celebrity baller Gerald Anderson finished with a career-high 11 points. The San Juan Knights, however, were business as usual as they spoiled his best game and got back on the winning track in the MPBL Datu Cup.
Anderson had his shining moments, but the Knights, who were still licking the wounds of their previous setback, vented their ire on the Marikina Shoemasters, 77-65, Saturday night at the Marist School Gymnasium.
Ex-pros John Wilson and Larry Rodriguez finished with double-double performances, while Mike Ayonayon had a productive night to allow the Knights to get back into the win column.
San Juan improved its win-loss record to 9-2, tied with Manila in second to third places of the team standings of this fastest growing regional amateur basketball league put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
Marikina suffered its fourth straight loss and fell to 4-7.
Ayonayon led the way for the Knights with 16 markers, but he got solid backing from the veterans led by Wilson and Rodriguez.
Wilson, who last played for Ginebra, came away with 10 points and 12 boards. Rodriguez, on the other hand, added 10 points and 10 rebounds as the two players made sure the Knights will come out solid on both ends of the court.