BC Partizan 84 Macau Black Bears 82
Macau Black Bears would suffer their second defeat at the 2018 Seri Mutiara Cup, falling to Serbian club BC Partizan 82-84.
Macau Black Bears would start the game strong, building the lead to as high as 10 off a jump shot by Macau’s new signing, former NCAA California Golden Bears player, Derek King.
Led by their four key players, Anthony Tucker, Mikh McKinney, Ryan Watkins and Nathan Yu, Macau would be able to keep the lead within three baskets until the young Serbians began to heat up on their shooting in the third quarter. Tadija Tadic would go on a personal six points run to lead the fightback which culminated a in a big three pointer by Eric Davis Jr giving Partizan the two point lead going into the fourth quarter.
Macau would be able to regain the lead early in the fourth off a basket by Mikh McKinney but unfortunately for Macau, fatigue would soon catch up as their big four all played at least 35 minutes for the night,soon giving up the lead to Partizan again.
The game would still be tied with a minute remaining as Anthony Tucker made a key layup. It would be non other than Davis Jr who would hit the big three to give Partizan the go ahead for good at the ensuing play. Partizan would hold on for the 84-82 win.
Ryan Watkins’s monster 28 points 20 rebounds game would not be enough for the day as Macau could not contain the hot shooting of Partizan who shot 54% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc.
With the loss and as a result of KCC Egis defeating NS Matrix, Macau are now not able to qualify for the semi finals of the tournament.
Hong Kong Eastern 103 Fubon Braves 91
Hong Kong Eastern kept their semi finals qualifications hopes alive with a a 103-91 over the Fubon Braves from Taiwan.
Eastern would come out strong in the face of elimination, building the lead to as high as 14 midway in the second quarter of a step back jumper by Trey Gilder, as he was determined to bounce back after a subpar first game against the Illawarra Hawks.
Eastern would however be dealt with a blow as star player Marcus Elliott would be called for three quick personal fouls in a span of a minute late in the second quarter, sending him to bench with four fouls.
With Elliott sitting out for most of the quarter, Fubon would begin their comeback, chipping away with efficient leak out baskets by Jet Chang and Joseph Lin. Fubon would gain the lead late in the third off a dunk by Shaquille Keith. Just as Fubon thought they would take the lead going into the fourth, Elliot would show why he was the 2016/2017 ABL MVP with a layup off the glass to give Eastern a one point lead going into the fourth.
Fubon would start the fourth quarter on a 8-1 run off three straight baskets with the foul. Trey Gilder would then go on a personal six point scoring run to keep the game close. Fubon would suffer a huge blow with big men Daniel Orton and Wu Hung Hsing fouling out of the game with five minutes remaining. With the lack of size in the paint, Eastern would have their way with Samuel Deguara and Trey Gilder pounding inside, allowing Eastern to finish the game with the 103-91 win.
Trey Gilder would lead Eastern with 28 points and 6 rebounds while local captain, Lee Ki would score 22 points including four three pointers.
The other results of the day would see KBL Team, KCC Egis defeat the host Malaysia Matrix team 91-86. Foul trouble for Matrix imports player would make it difficult for them to pace KCC’s import duo of Brandon Brown and Marquis Teague who combined for 51 points. KCC win’s would secure their qualification into the semi finals
NBL Australia team, the Illawarra Hawks would also secure their spot in the semi finals by defeating the Texas All Stars 79-68.