The last meeting of the season, and the second leg of back-to-back between the Formosa Dreamers and the Macau Black Bears ended with a 94-84 victory for the home team, following a stellar shooting performance from Malcolm Miller.
Reigning world import MVP Anthony Tucker suffered an unfortunate ankle injury early in the second quarter would see Macau giving up its five point advantage to be in the chasing position for the rest of the game.
Relentless efforts to rally even when missing its leader and best player took the lead back for the visiting squad at one point in the fourth quarter but Malcolm Miller (35 points, 12 rebounds, seven made threes on a 75 percent shooting night) came out clutch in the final quarter with 12 points and sealed the deal for the Taiwanese club.
Dreamers shot the light out in this game, beating their opponents by a substantial margin in terms of efficiency from both beyond the arc (54 to 35) and inside the paint (48 to 39).
Despite the loss, Mikh McKinney had a career-high 42 points in addition to eight assists and eight rebounds. His five steals, along with Ryan Watkins’ five of his own contributed significantly in forcing 20 Formosa turnovers that kept Macau in the game after Tucker went down.
Watkins did not have a great game offensively, going five out of 16 (15 markers and nine boards) but him and McKinney were the only ones in double-figures for the visitors.
On the Dreamers side, Will Artino was also a big factor alongside Miller, recording 22 points and 10 boards on 50 percent FG while Tevin Glass had a quiet game with a modest double-double of 11 and 14.
The win helped Formosa Dreamers strengthen its hold on second place in the standings (15-6), while it dropped the Macau Black Bears to fifth (11-9) after Saigon Heat successfully secured a victory at home on the same day.
The Black Bears will return home and hopefully find a replacement for Tucker, who is expected to miss more than four weeks, before taking on Malaysia Dragons on Wednesday in Macau while Formosa will have five days off before playing the last two home games of the season next weekend against the Wolf Warriors and San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.
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