The Macau Black Bears not only lost an important match to the Formosa Dreamers, they also lost a MVP-caliber player for an extended period of time.
The Macau Black Bears were unable to exact revenge on the Formosa Dreamers, as they lost 94-84 once again in the Changhua County Stadium in Changhua City, Taiwan. To make matters worse, reigning World MVP Anthony Tucker went down with a foot injury that could force him to miss the remainder of the regular season and even part of the Playoffs.
In the second quarter at the 8:11 mark, Tucker made a simple dribble move but planted his foot awkwardly, which left him writhing in pain while crumpled to the floor. He was immediately pulled out, placed in a walking boot and was unable to play the rest of the game.
The Black Bears continued to fight valiantly without their leader behind Mikh McKinney, who led the way with 42 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. McKinney carried the load for the Black Bears as they battled the Dreamers to a standstill, only down by one, 66-65 entering the fourth quarter.
A layup by Lai Ka Tong gave Macau the lead, 69-68 at the 8:50 mark of the period. However the combined might of the home squad proved to be too much for the Black Bears, as the Dreamers outscored the Black Bears 19-6 in a gamebreaking stretch that pushed the lead to 10 points entering the final two minutes. The Black Bears were able to get to within five points with a minute remaining, but free throws from Malcolm Miller and Kenny Chien sealed the deal for the Dreamers.
Miller had a team high 35 points for the Dreamers to go along with 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Will Artino also played a key role as he protected the paint and had a double-double performance of 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Ryan Watkins was the only player aside from McKinney that notched double figure scoring for the Black Bears, as the center tallied 15 points along with 9 rebounds and 5 steals.
The win cements the Dreamers as the hottest team in the ABL, currently in second place with a five game winning streak. The Black Bears on the other hand drop their second straight contest, and are fifth place in the standings with an 11-6 card.