The Fubon Braves were able to survive a relentless attack by the Macau Black Bears to secure a 106-93 victory at home, improving to 2-1 in their debut season in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
Chinese Taipei’s reigning champions relied heavily on their import trio who scored a combined 72 points to help them ward off a relentless Macau side. OJ Mayo led the Braves with 26 points off 66 percent shooting from the field.
Despite hanging with Fubon for almost the entirety of the match, the Black Bears never took the lead after allowing their opponents to dominate the interior and outscored them by 22 points in the paint.
Also big part of the Braves’ success was Charles Garcia, who finished with 25 points coupled with seven rebounds and five assists, and big man Sim Bhullar, who contributed with a double-double performance of 21 points and 10 boards in the win.
Meanwhile, Macau’s Mikh McKinney was limited to foul trouble and only managed to stay on the floor for less than 15 minutes in this game, tallying 11 points before having to leave for good.
Luckily, Kenny Manigault continued to carry the load for the visiting side and keep them in the game, scoring 31 points to go with six rebounds and six assists. Jenning Leung also chipped in with 16 markers in the loss.
The Fubon Braves continue their homestand as they host Hong Kong Eastern on November 30, while the Macau Black Bears will remain in Taiwan as they visit the Dreamers on December 1.
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