The Macau Black Bears are hoping to recover from back-to-back losses as they take on Hong Kong Eastern in ASEAN Basketball League action this Sunday.
The Black Bears currently own a 5-7 record and have suffered tough defeats from the hands of the Singapore Slingers and Macau Wolf Warriors. Their last game was a bitter pill to swallow as Julian Boyd was able to hit the go-ahead basket in the waning moments.
Despite the losses, Kenny Manigault has had the hot hand for the Black Bears. Against the Wolf Warriors, he dropped a career-high 38 points, as well as 12 rebounds and eight assists. He shot 70 percent from the field, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Through 12 games, the explosive forward is averaging 25.8 points and 7.9 rebounds.
Manigault will be going up against another versatile World Import in Brandis Raley-Ross of Hong Kong.
Eastern is at 3-5 in the team standings and coming off a heartbreaking one-point loss against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. In that defeat, Raley-Ross poured in personal-best 33 points to go along with 11 rebounds and eight assists. He is putting up 24.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 8.8 assists for the season.
Hong Kong and Macau feature two of the best scoring reinforcements in this league. However, both squads need more from the bench and from the locals.
The Black Bears only had five bench points versus the Wolf Warriors and Jenning Leung was the only local player who reached double-figures. Eastern was no better they faced Alab Pilipinas, tallying only two points off the bench.
For Macau, Leung has been a solid source of production. He needs to continue to be aggressive as he averaging 12.8 points per game, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. The feisty guard is also providing 2.1 steals with the only sour part of his game is his 2.3 turnovers.
Hong Kong’s Jon Siu can be a steady contributor granted can consistently knock down his outside shots. Against the Philippines, he found his range with eight points and two triples. He is giving Hong Kong 7.2 points and making two treys per contest.
The Black Bears and Eastern are each looking for a bounce back win as they lock horns this Sunday at The Venetian Macao, 8 PM local time (GMT +8).