The Macau Black Bears bounced back from a stinging loss to the CLS Knights, dealing Hong Kong Eastern its third straight loss, 114-95 inside the Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
The Black Bears were led by a career night from reigning Heritage MVP Mikh McKinney, who set a new personal best with a scintillating 41 points along with 6 rebounds and 8 assists. McKinney was unstoppable from beyond the arc and in the paint, as he knocked down four triples and shot a perfect 15/15 from the free throw line.
McKinney got help from current World MVP Anthony Tucker’s 29 points and 8 assists, while Nathan Yu and Liu Zihao also chipped in five triples combined. The Black Bears were hot from beyond the arc the entire game, shooting 41% from beyond the arc.
The Black Bears outscored Hong Kong in all four quarters, and the home squad only led in the first quarter for the entire game off a layup by Jon Siu. From then on, the Black Bears took over led by McKinney and Tucker’s hot shooting. Macau finished with a 17-7 to take a three point lead into the second period.
With the Black Bears opening the fourth quarter with an eight point lead, the Black Bears poured in on to pull ahead for good. Free throws from Tucker in the 2:56 mark gave Macau its biggest lead of the game at 22 points, and the visiting squad cruised to the victory.
Deguara paced Hong Kong with 29 points and 9 rebounds before fouling out at the 4:01 mark of the game. Eric Ferguson chipped in 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Elliott flirted with a triple double of 21 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
Hong Kong Eastern was unable to match Macau’s red hot shooting, as the team shot 5/23 compared to the Black Bear’s 14/34. Hong Kong also turned the ball over 12 times, while Macau did an excellent job protecting the ball with only four turnovers in the contest. Hong Kong Eastern falls to 1-3, currently in 6th place in the standings. The Black Bears climb to 3-1, in 2nd place behind the Formosa Dreamers in the standings.