The ABL rings in the final month of 2018, as the Wolf Warriors host Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club in ASEAN Basketball League action. Tipoff is set for 8PM local time.
Both teams are on identical three game losing streaks. Hong Kong is fresh from a stinging defeat at the hands of the Macau Black Bears, falling short of matching the firepower of Anthony Tucker and the rest of the visiting squad.
The Macau Black Bears unleashed a devastating shooting display against the home team, led by a career night from Mikh McKinney with 41 points. Though Hong Kong Eastern was able to hang around, the Black Bears pulled away in the end and won convincingly, 114-95.
World Import Eric Ferguson had a big game against the Black Bears, helping keep the fight alive for the home team before falling short in the end with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists.
Ferguson’s ability to grab the rebound and go the length of the court to finish the game is a big weapon for the Dreamers, as it allows the team to get easy baskets in transition before the defense can set up.
The Wolf Warriors lost their third consecutive game, suffering through a 107-81 loss at home against the surging Formosa Dreamers to remain winless so far in the season. The Wolf Warriors were actually battling in the first half, outscoring the Formosa Dreamers 25-20 in the 2nd period to trail by only 8 points at the half. However the Taiwan-based squad unleashed a third quarter storm, limiting the Wolf Warriors to only 14 points and cruising to the victory.
With the team facing an uphill start and some injury woes, the Wolf Warriors decided to make some moves to shake up the roster. In come new World Imports Mike Bell and Eric Tisby to fortify the roster. Bell is a 6’9 Power Forward, while Tisby stands at 5’8, both are ready to lend a helping hand to the Wolf Warriors. Current World Import Deshawn Mitchell is currently in sick bay with a right hand sprain, while guard Mario Wuysang has opted to leave the team at the end of the month.
Bell and Tisby won’t have a lot of time to practice with the team, and will have to hit the ground running against a tough Hong Kong team. How will the new recruits fair in their debut game?.
The home team will take their first look at Hong Kong’s man in the middle, Sam Deguara. With Eddy Curry ineffective in 10 minutes of action and sitting out the second half due to injury, it was Cai Chen of the Wolf Warriors that took the lead, delivering 16 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. But he will have his hands full against the towering Deguara, who had a team high 29 points despite losing to the Black Bears.
The new Wolf Warriors squad has been routinely on the receiving end of big losses to the competition in their maiden season in the ABL. And with injury woes starting to plague the team, they’ve decided to make a change and add new World Imports to the roster. However each defeat has been an opportunity to grow and learn from their mistakes. Can they get a breakthrough win against the free falling Hong Kong?