It will be a battle between two Macau teams as both squads are set to go head-to-head at 8:00 PM (GMT +8) tonight.
The Macau Black Bears are coming off a loss against the Taipei Fubon Braves and will look to bounce back against the Wolf Warriors.
Coming into the season the main concern for the Black Bears was their lack of size as their tallest import, Brandon Edwards, is only listed at 6’6″. But doubts about Edwards were quickly erased as the American import grabbed 20 rebounds in their first game. However, the Black Bears were still outrebounded 38-46 in their match against the Braves.
Fortunately for the Black Bears, they seem to have a high-scoring duo in Mikh McKinney and Kenny Manigault who scored 23 points and 31 points respectively. Leung also added 13 points.
There is no doubt that their starters have enough firepower but their first game exposed their lack of depth as they only fielded seven players and had no bench points.
Meanwhile, the Macau Wolf Warriors are coming into their second season looking to vastly improve from last year. The Wolf Warriors finished last in the ABL standings only managing to win two games in the process.
To prepare for the season, the Wolf Warriors brought in ABL champion coach Todd Purves and built their own training facility. The team’s local guard Cris Shentu commented that the facility “made him want to practice” and that they “played randomly last year ” but Purves has put in a system for the team this year.
Additionally, the Wolf Warriors signed three new imports to “establish a winning culture for the team”. The team added Douglas Herring, Steven Thomas, and Julian Boyd, all of which have won championships whether in the ABL or other leagues around the world.
With the two teams facing tonight, it will be interesting to see if the Wolf Warriors have done enough to compete for a playoff berth this season and if the Macau Black Bears can draw out the best from their bench players.