QUEZON City asserted its mastery of Makati, coming away with a 91-85 victory late Tuesday night in the MPBL Lakan Season at the Blue Eagle Gym in Ateneo.
Joco Tayongtong scored 12 of his 20 points in the last five minutes to help the Capitals snap the the four-game winning streak of this same Super Crunch team they ousted in last season’s quarterfinal round.
Dahrell Caranguian also tallied 20 markers but down the stretch, it was Tayongtong who took over as Capitals overcame a 10-point deficit in the last five minutes.
Tayongtong, one of the few holdovers from the original Quezon City squad, had 12 in a 19-3 run. His trey knotted the game for the last time at 84-all before he stole the ball from Rudy Lingganay and completed the heist to turn the game around.
Quezon City’s defense also held Makati without a field goal in the last five minutes.
Earlier, Davao Occidental and Muntinlupa carved out contrasting victories.
The Tigers got another big game from Mark Yee, who registered his 23rd double-double performance in the MPBL to power Davao Occidental to an 86-55 beat down of Rizal Golden Coolers.
Muntinlupa, on the other hand, bucked the ejection of head coach Ritchie Melencio to turn back the Parañaque Patriots-Yabo Sports, 87-78.
Meanwhile, the MPBL cancelled the scheduled triple header on Wednesday set at the People’s Center in Bataan due to bad weather.
Bulacan was supposed to face winless Marikina in the first game at 4 p.m. while expansion teams Mindoro and Nueva Ecija were scheduled to face each other at 6:30 p.m. The main game pitted Bataan against Navotas at 8:30 p.m.