Francisco Tancioco towed Taguig City to victory, surviving Laguna, 79-75, in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go NBL Chairman’s Cup, Sunday at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Down by one late in the match, LJ Mayo found Tancioco on the left wing with a bail-out pass, before the latter buried the cold-blooded triple for the lead, 76-75.
In the ensuing play, the Pistons made a crucial turnover. King Fadriquela inbounded the ball to Alex Junsay, however, he failed to catch the leather as he slipped.
Generals’ Richmond Gilbero made them pay, making both of his free throws. Still, the door was open for Laguna, down by just three.
However, Junsay’s game-tying three-pointer attempt was too strong, before Taguig’s JR Yasa iced the game with a freebie.
Tancioco came back with vengeance after just a seven-point outing yesterday. He put up 27 points including a 6-of-8 mark from deep, to go with his five rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench.
Gilbero had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Jonathan Lontoc managed 10 points and 11 rebounds for the 2-0 Generals.
Team captain Shin Manacsa led Laguna with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists against three turnovers.
Kevin Martin produced 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Alex Junsay went 4-of-16 to finish with 10 points.
The Pistons remain winless in four games.
Taguig 79 – Tancioco 27, Gilbero 11, Lontoc 10, Mayo 9, Yasa 8, Sampurna 5, Santos 3, Orodio 2, Cambaya 2, Subrabas 2, Oliveria 0, Alcantara 0.
Laguna 75 – Manacsa 14, Sandoval 13, Martin 12, Junsay 10, Daquis 8, Fadriquela 7, Pantaleon 7, Santos 2, Galamiton 2, Amil 0, Disquitado 0, Rosale 0.
Quarterscores: 16-12, 34-40, 59-56, 79-75.