The Formosa Dreamers barged into the win column by emerging victorious over the Macau Black Bears, 100-94 in ASEAN Basketball League action.
Keene top-scored for the Dreamers and almost registered a triple-double of 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists. He was a ball of energy despite having played heavy minutes just a day ago, in the Dreamers’ loss to the Taipei Fubon Braves. But with his team having a good opportunity to finally break into the win column, he and his squad would not be denied.
After a tight first quarter, the game broke open with a big 11-0 run in the second period, which saw the Dreamers go up by as many as 17 points. The Dreamers ultimately settled on a 59-44 lead, and with all the momentum heading into the halftime break.
However, it wouldn’t last, as the Black Bears chipped away at the Dreamers’ lead in the 3rd quarter. World Import Mikh McKinney and local Jenning Leung conspired to chip away at the lead in the period. A triple by Leung at the 3:03 mark brought Macau to within one point, 69-68.
But the home squad learned from all the wasted opportunities in the past and refused to let this one go. And leading the charge was Wu, who caught fire from outside. The third-year ABL guard knocked down back to back triples followed by a jumper to complete a personal 8-0 run that gave the Dreamers breathing room once again. And with Keene chipping in from outside while teammate Liam McMorrow dominating in the paint, that would be enough for the Dreamers to finally finish strong and get the win.
Wu proved to be the difference-maker for the Dreamers, as he wound up with a season-high 20 points on six of nine from the three-point line. His accurate shooting allowed the Dreamers much more space in the paint, evidenced by a nice bounce-back performance from Liam McMorrow with 14 points and 13 assists. Jerran Young was excellent as well with 25 points 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
Mikh McKinney paced the Black Bears with 27 points and 11 assists, while Leung and Brandon had 23 and 20 points, respectively.
The Black Bears will look to recover when the team faces Hong Kong Eastern on Thursday, December 12. The Dreamers, on the other hand, will take on the Taipei Fubon Braves in part 2 of the Taiwan Tussle.