In what was expected to be competitive match, the visiting Hong Kong Eastern blew out the Macau Black Bears, 114-90, to snap their two-game skid in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
Banking on a terrific fourth quarter avalanche, Eastern in turn dealt the Black Bears their second-straight loss behind a combined 90-points from their three imports.
After a nip-and-tuck affair for three quarters, Macau was only trailing by five points entering the final period, before the Eastern imports went downhill and took over the game to secure the road victory.
Samuel Deguara dominated the paint for the Hong Kong side as he tore it up with 33 points and 17 boards, while Marcus Elliott and O’Darien Bassett added 29 and 28 points, respectively. Lau Tsz Lai added 11 markers of his own after shooting 75 percent from deep.
Hong Kong outrebounded their Pearl River Delta neighbors, 48-31. They also outshot the Black Bears by draining 68 percent (34-of-50) from within the arc, versus 19 of 44 shots by the latter.
Ryan Watkins top scored for the Black Bears with 28 points, adding 11 rebounds and four assists. Mikh McKinney also had a double-double with 18 points and 11 dimes to go with four steals, while Anthony Tucker had an off-night from the field but still managed to finish with 24 points.
With their second consecutive loss, Macau drops to fifth place with a 6-4 card ahead of their road game against the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas (6-2) on January 18. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Eastern (8-6) will try to move back up to the top four when they host the Formosa Dreamers (8-5) on the 20th.
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