The battle between two teams touted as the favorites to win the MPL saw Farmco picking up the dominating victory 75-56 in their favor over the PRG Eagles who played their first game of MPL 2017.
Farmco , looking to bounce back after their shock lost on the opening night were in full control of the game in the first quarter taking advantage of a PRG Eagles team who looked like they were not in chemistry ; constantly taking difficult shots on offense. Farmco centered their game around Cameroonian Chris Kuete who scored 15 points in the first. The Eagles were not able to buy a basket and the first quarter ended 23-6 to Farmco with Farmco looking firmly in control keeping PRG in check with their right zone defense.
The beginning of the second quarter saw the return of former national team captain, Tong Wen Keong, playing his first game at the national level since a serious car accident two years ago. He immediately made his presence felt with a good inbound pass to American import, Anthony McClain who scored his first points of the tournament cutting the deficit to 17. This did not faze Farmco as they kept up the pressure with their zone defense and started to utilize the 7 ft 5 Samuel Deguara further which saw him score two thunderous fast break dunks. The Eagles ended the quarter on a better note with Wen Keong scoring his first basket on his return with a 3 pointer and Chin Zhi Sin beating the buzzer to end the quarter with the score 38-22 to Farmco.
Farmco began the 3rd quarter with a 15-2 run, not letting up with 6 points in a row coming from national team power forward, Wong Chin Yong pushing the lead to 31, the largest of the game. PRG Eagles sent in young upcoming talent Heng Yee Tong into the game and the young guard gave some instant offense with a 3 pointer and 2 assist PRG Eagles ended the third with a 9-2 run, as they tried their best to close the gap. The third quarter ended with Farmco leading, 57-35.
The fourth quarter saw Farmco remain firmly in control with their stiff defense not allowing the Eagles to gain any firm momentum going. The closest the Eagles would get was 17 points on a floater from Ong Wei Yong. The big Maltese import, Deguara showed his strength throwing down a vicious dunk that almost tore the rim down extending the lead to 24 in the closing stages of the fourth. The game ended with a resounding scoreline of 75-56 in the favor of Farmco who bounced back in a strong manner bringing their record up to 1-1.
The defense of Farmco was the key factor in the game forcing the PRG Eagles to a dismal 25% shooting night.
Farmco 75: Kuete 31, Deguara 23, Wong 10, Ooi 7, Tem 4
PRG Eagles 56: McClain 13, Boykin 10, Heng 10, Tong 6, Chim 6, Yiek 4, Liaw 4, Ong 2