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San Juan Knights bag MPBL Datu Cup title
The San Juan Knights came out victorious against the Davao Occidental Tigers, 87-86, in Game 5 of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup national championship at the packed Rizal Memorial Colleges Gym in Davao City Thursday night.
The Knights was behind the Tigers by seven points in the last two minutes of the game. Fortunately for San Juan, Jhonard Clarito rallied the team to victory and scored the last six points of the game.
“This victory feels so good. We didn’t win in Game 4 while we were on our home court, but we still won in the most crucial game and bagged the championship,” San Juan Knights head coach Randy Alcantara said.
Alcantara was named the MPBL Datu Cup Coach of the Year.
During the game, Clarito stepped up, clinching 11 points in the second half. In the first half, it was Mike Ayonayon who started the ball rolling for the Knights, scoring 20 of his 33 points.
Ayonayon, named as the Finals MVP, was also the one who started the Knights’ 10-2 run that cemented their comeback from the 84-77 deficit with less than two minutes in the championship.