The Macau Black Bears escaped Changhua city Sunday afternoon with a 91-85 victory after the Formosa Dreamers blew a double-digit lead in the final period.
With the two teams trading baskets to open up the game, the Dreamers were able to eventually out-execute their visiting opponents, getting the better of the Black Bears for the majority of the contest. The Formosa lead ballooned to as many as 17 points early in the fourth quarter.
However, from that point onward, Macau fought back through a tremendous defensive effort and heightened offensive execution, stifling the Dreamers to even the score at 81 points apiece with two minutes remaining following a 20-5 run.
With 16 seconds remaining in regulation and the game tied, Dreamers import Liam McMorrow (11 points, seven rebounds) committed two consecutive fouls, with the second being an unsportsmanlike call, ultimately resulting in six free throws for the visitors. The Black Bears would end up converting all six attempts to seal the game for good.
Though McMorrow’s late game blunders did play a big part in the Dreamers losing its second game in a row, the Taiwanese club also turned the ball over 23 times, more than doubling that of its opponent’s.
Black Bears imports Mikh McKinney (21 points, 10 assists) and Kenny Manigault (19 points, eight rebounds) both contributed significantly to the Dreamers’ turnover woes, finishing with three and four steal respectively. Macau’s other world import Brandon Edwards also added a double-double with 22 points and 10 boards.
For the Dreamers, Marcus Keene recorded the first triple-double of the 2019-20 ABL season, finishing with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. Jerran Young also had an impressive showing, filling in the stat sheet with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks, while local player Amigo Yang chipped in 21 points on 61 percent shooting from the field.
Despite their contributions, the same trio also amounted for 16 of the home side’s 23 turnovers.
The Dreamers are set to host the neighboring Fubon Braves Saturday, December 7th, before facing off against the visiting Black Bears again the following day in the second game of a back-to-back.
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