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Tayongtong shines as Capitals flush Royals

By: - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
/ 05:03 AM July 07, 2019

ANGELES CITY—Joco Tayongtong knew he would have a larger role for Quezon City after fellow point guards Hesed Gabo and Andoy Estrella moved to other teams during the offseason.

After a quiet first three games, Tayongtong delivered a strong response last Saturday night as the Capitals turned back the Iloilo Royals, 84-80, for their second win in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season at Angeles University Foundation Gym here.

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Rising to the challenge posed by coach Vis Valencia, Tayongtong took charge in the first half and finished with 20 points while Mon Mabayo contributed 12 points, including a cushion basket with 1:23 remaining as the Capitals bounced back from a defeat to Valenzuela last Monday.

“I have to embrace the role as the leader of this team,” said Tayongtong, a former Emilio Aguinaldo College and Arellano U standout. “We lost a lot of great players that’s why it’s important for me to step up and help my new teammates.”

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The Capitals were cruising after a three pointer from former Ateneo standout Zags Gonzaga pushed their lead to 80-63 with five minutes remaining.

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