The Macau Black Bears outclassed their visiting neighbors Wolf Warriors, 99-65, for the third time this season in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
Last season’s heritage import Most Valuable Player Mikh McKinney led the Black Bears in the blowout win over their Zhuhai-based counterparts, finishing with 28 points, nine rebounds, and six assists.
After entering the halftime break with a 17-point advantage, Macau never took their feet off the pedal, even building their biggest lead in the final seconds of the game. Not once did they trail in the game, leading Wolf Warriors by double-figures for all but the first five minutes and change in the first quarter.
Reigning world import MVP Anthony Tucker added 26 points, 12 dimes, and seven boards. Fellow import Ryan Watkins also chipped in with a double-double of 16 markers and 10 boards, while local forward Lai Ka Tong added 11 points of his own.
Losing key guards Jenning Leung (reportedly transferring to, ironically, the Black Bears), and Cris Shentu (ankle injury) only compounded the Wolf Warriors’ problems. The usually prolific local center Cai Chen also struggled offensively tonight to finish with six points and 10 boards.
Mike Bell led the Wolf Warriors with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Cory Bradford added 12 points and eight assists in the loss.
Macau (10-7) strengthened their hold of the fourth spot, while the Wolf Warriors remain at the bottom with a 2-19 record. The neighboring squads meet for a final time this season on March 17.
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