BACOOR — The Quezon City Capitals picked the best time to play their vaunted fast pace game and they were able to achieve it against the Jayjay Helterbrand-less Imus Bandera on Tuesday night here at the Strike Gymnasium.
The Capitals prevailed, 105-93, as they scored 23 turnover points from the 20 miscues committed by the Bandera.
“We played the QC Capitals way. That’s my instruction to the players — keep the pace fast and continue pressing until we force some turnovers,” said Quezon City coach Vis Valencia.
The Capitals snapped a two-game losing skid and improved their record to 5-4 to move up into a tie for sixth to seventh places with the Bulacan Kuyas in the tough northern division of this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
Five players led by Tonino Gonzaga ended up in double figures for the Wemsap-backed Capitals.
One of the new additions to the squad this season, Gonzaga scored 19 markers on 7-of-12 shooting from the field.
Mon Mabayo had a double-double showing of 17 points and 10 boards while Peejay Barua and Clark Derige had 14 apiece. Joco Tayongtong also had a double-double performance, scoring 12 points and dishing out 12 assists for the Capitals, who won despite getting outrebounded by the Bandera, 59-48.
Imus played without Jayjay Herlterbrand, who had a commitment to represent a club team in a tournament in China.