Two teams hoping to snap their respective three-game losing streaks go head-to-head this Sunday in Macau.
The 6-5 Macau Black Bears have momentarily lost their footing midway through the season while the 1-11 Wolf Warriors are eager to add more wins in their debut season.
The Black Bears were first met by a tidal wave of 3-pointers in the loss to the CLS Knights, then lost to Hong Kong Eastern and their latest demise were at the hands of San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. The defending champions did just enough to close out the game that left Macau searching for answers.
If the Black Bears want to snap out of their funk, they’ll need a big game from Anthony Tucker. The reigning World Import MVP currently leads the ABL in scoring with 27.8 points per contest. He is also second in the league in assists with 9.0 per game. Prior to Macau’s three-game slide, he erupted for a career-high 43 points, proving that a big game for him usually bodes well for his squad.
The Wolf Warriors meanwhile are also in the midst of a three-game losing streak since getting their first win in their maiden season. Their latest loss was a close encounter with the Westports Malaysia Dragons.
Local star Chen Cai scored a career-high 34 points in the loss to the Dragons, surpassing his 28-point output earlier this season. The 6-foot-9 center is the second leading scorer for his squad with 19 points per game.
The Wolf Warriors will also count on the production of Mike Taylor, who has been putting up 21.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 2.3 steals. Taylor has been one of the positives for the Wolf Warriors despite the losing streak. The Black Bears will likely deploy McKinney on Taylor. McKinney puts up close to 24 points per game but he is the best perimeter defender for his team while averaging 2.1 steals.
Both teams are looking to snap out of their respective skids. The Black Bears are deadset on getting back to their winning ways but the Wolf Warriors are eyeing an upset.