Farmco Touch Up secured their third victory in a row, defeating the young Penang Stallions 122-71.
The Penang Stallions looked to bounce back after their devastating defeat to the PRG Eagles just a day prior, while Farmco Touch Up were looking for another victory to secure the second position which would give them an automatic slot into the semi-finals.
From the get go, Farmco utilized the 7 ft 5, Maltese, Samuel Deguara, with him leading the charge as Farmco went on a 13-0 run to start the quarter with three thunderous dunks by Deguara. The Stallions would finally get their first basket at the 7:16 mark off a putback from their young scorer, Jayson Lee. The experience of Farmco clearly show as they shot an excellent 56% from the field, led by Cameroonian, Chris Kuete who dropped 16 points to give Farmco a 36-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Farmco veteran Ooi Ban Sin started the second with a three pointer as Farmco did not look like giving the young Stallions any opportunities to mount a comeback, centering their offense around imports Deguara and Kuete who finished the quarter with 16 and 30 respectively. A full court press executed by the Stallions at the last minute of the quarter allowed them go on a 5-0 run to end the quarter 67-31 with Farmco firmly in control.
Rising Farmco star, Low Ken Yen started the third quarter with a three pointer which was quickly responded by Stallions Filipino import Jhapz Bautista with his own three. The Stallions would put up a better fight in the third, forcing the big Deguara to a third foul at the 7:42 mark which led Farmco opting to sit him out. This allowed the Stallions to almost match Farmco basket for basket in the third, highlighted by a Zamora ankle breaker on Low . Zamora led the Stallions with 10 points in the third. Farmco’s experience did not give the Stallions any room to win the quarter, still managing to close out the quarter with a commanding 94-59 lead.
The fourth quarter started with Zamora making three free throws after a foul on an attempt by Guganeswaran Batumalai. Zamora would later make a jumper to cut the deficit to 30 which would be the closest they would get. Farmco checked Deguara back in with six minutes to go and with the Stallions not able to match his size, Farmco easily pulled away with Deguara making two back to back, coast to coast baskets. The match ended with a final score of Farmco 122, Stallions 71.
Farmco will meet Verve Club tomorrow in a match that will determine the second place of the preliminary round, giving the winners an automatic entry in the semi-finals.
Player of the Game
Samuel Deguara provided his most dominating performance of the MPL so far with a stat line of 36 points, 22 rebounds, and 4 blocks in 25 minutes of play. His dominating inside presence could not be answered by the Stallions as he led Farmco to the huge victory.
Farmco 122: Deguara 36, Kuete 34, Ooi 12, Tan 10, Tem 9, Low 6, Chin 5, Lee 4, Teoh 4, Tong 2
Stallions 71: Zamora 24, Bautista 22, J. Lee 10, Ong 6, Lim 6, S.Lee 2, Khoo 1