The Macau Black Bears won their first game without the injured Anthony Tucker as they decimate the Westports Malaysia Dragons at home, 87-62.
Playing without the reigning ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) World Import MVP, who suffered from a Jones fracture injury on his left foot during their road game against the Formosa Dreamers last weekend, Macau came out focused and quickly built a 12-point advantage after the opening quarter.
Led by Mikh McKinney, who had 28 points, nine assists, six boards, and three steals in the game, the home squad outscored the Dragons 22-9 in the third frame to put the game away early and send the Malaysian side to their sixth-straight defeat.
The Black Bears’ center Ryan Watkins stretched the floor offensively with his shooting to finish with 22 points and 19 boards, while the newly acquired Jenning Leung, who joined the team following his release from local rivals Wolf Warriors, contributed 11 points after hitting three three-pointers in his team debut.
Also playing shorthanded without import Winston Shepard, the Dragons struggled to put the ball into the basket. Jonathan Wong Zhong Han was the one of the few bright spots for the Malaysian team, scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Chris Eversley tallied 16 points for the Dragons, but shot a horrible 25 percent from the field, while fellow import Nnanna Egwu only managed to tally seven markers. Local guard Chin Cheng added 12 points in the loss.
Fourth-place Macau (12-9) travels to Manila to face the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas on March 8, while the Dragons (6-15) will try to climb back into the playoff picture with a win when they host the Saigon Heat on the 10th.
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