The Macau Black Bears have confirmed the signing of import guard Dewarick Spencer as an injury replacement for Anthony Tucker.
As previously reported, reigning world import MVP Anthony Tucker, who was leading the league in points and assists per game at the time, was sidelined for at least six weeks with a Jones fracture in his left foot.
The injury occurred during the defeat to the Formosa Dreamers in Taiwan on March 3rd and since then, the Black Bears have played two games without arguably their best player, which ended in one win and one loss.
A replacement was finally announced via the Macau Black Bears’ social media platforms on Sunday. The signing is Dewarick Spencer- a veteran point guard who is no stranger to the ASEAN basketball community as he suited up for Mighty Sports Philippines back in 2016 for the Merlion Cup in Singapore and the William Jones Cup in Taiwan.
The Arkansas State University alumnus has been a journeyman and most importantly, a winner for the majority of his basketball career. Spencer has played and triumphed in various countries across the world including great leagues such as the French Pro A (won MVP award in 2007), the Turkish League, the Chinese CBA, and the South Korean KBL. He most recently suited up for Champville Mariste Club in the Lebanese Basketball League, averaging 17 ppg 7.3 rpg 1.9 spg on 51 percent shooting.
Similarities in terms of size and skills can be found in the 36-year-old combo guard in comparison to Anthony Tucker, which was likely to be primary reason Spencer was selected.
Aside from being relatively tall for a guard in the ABL (6’4″), the former Red Wolf is also a tremendous outside shooter with the flexibility to play both 1 and 2 positions which should fit right into Macau’s system alongside league leading scorer Mikh McKinney.
Career statistics demonstrate Spencer as perhaps behind Tucker passing-wise, but he should be a superior defender with better intensity to go along with the athleticism to play above the rim.
The Macau Black Bears are currently the fourth best team in the league and could have Spencer making his debut game as soon as next Wednesday against Mono Vampire Basketball Club as there still remains chances for the team to climb up and take over the Singapore Slingers’ number three spot in the standings.
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