The Macau Black Bears plunge back into ABL action as they take on the Formosa Dreamers in the Nanhai Gymnasium in China. Both squads tipoff 730PM local time.
Playing their first game in in a month, the Black Bears will look to shake off any rust that they might have, as they finally continue their ABL action in 2019. They’ve currently won two straight games, and are looking to cement their hold on the second seed with a win against the current third seed Dreamers.
Key to the Black Bears’ 97-95 win versus Saigon Heat in their December 5 victory was their crisp three point shooting and disciplined offense. The home team made 14 triples on 37% shooting, and also had a total of 7 turnover for the entire game. They did an excellent job of protecting the ball, finishing with only seven turnovers. They also got a big lift from the bench, with a lopsided 12-0 advantage from the second unit. The Black Bears just don’t make a lot of mistakes with Tucker and McKinney leading the attack.
The reigning World MVP Anthony Tucker was spectacular as always in the Black Bears’ win against the Heat. Though it was Nathan Yu that dealt the big shots down the stretch, Tucker’s ability to score and find his teammates for good looks was instrumental in the victory, as he contributed 26 points, 14 assists and 2 steals.
The Formosa Dreamers on the other hand have been up and down as of late, winning only two of their last five games. They struggled to handle the defensive intensity of the Singapore Slingers in their last game, ending in a loss. Will they be able to atone for their errors against the tough Black Bears?
The Slingers got their revenge on the Dreamers after being defeated in their debut game this season with an 88-80 victory. The Dreamers had problems generating good looks from the field, as seen in their 40% shooting total and only 26% from beyond the arc. They’ll also need to ramp up their defensive effort against a Macau Black Bears that is so disciplined in hunting for good ways to score.
The usually consistent imports of the Dreamers were shackled by Singapore’s defense, however Tevin Glass was still able to contribute with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Glass’ activity will always allow him to make positive contributions, and learning how to play against defences geared to stop him is a good learning experience.
Will the Black Bears start their 2019 right, or can the Dreamers get back on track?