The Macau Wolf Warriors and Taipei Fubon Braves go head-to-head for the second time in the ASEAN Basketball League Season 10. The two squads face off this Sunday at the Zhongshan Shaxi Gymnasium, 8 PM local time (GMT+8).
In their first meeting, the Wolf Warriors were able to take the 88-83 victory, their first win of the season. Douglas Herring did a little bit of everything and poured in 32 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.
Their second round matchup will prove to be a different case as Herring has been placed on the injured list nursing his hamstring. Mike Bell is now in the Macau lineup, making his return to the Wolf Warriors since playing for them last year.
The Wolf Warriors are itching for a victory following back-to-back losses at the hands of the Formosa Dreamers. They are now sixth in the standings with a 3-6 record. The visiting Dreamers first got the 92-89 win on Wednesday then had a 100-89 encore last Friday.
Julian Boyd will look to be the focal point for the Wolf Warriors coming off a huge 26-point, 15-rebound outing. The big man was plagued with foul trouble in his previous game versus the Dreamers but managed a better production in their second meeting. Bell, meanwhile, had a quiet return with eight points and seven rebounds.
The Braves, meanwhile, are at 7-4, coming off a win over the Macau Black Bears.
The towering duo of Maxie Esho and Charles Garcia dominated the Black Bears for a 100-85 win. Both big men picked up 21 points apiece with Esho providing two triples and Garcia owning the glass with 11 rebounds. OJ Mayo also played a huge role with 20 points, six boards, and six assists. The former NBA star is averaging 23.0 points on 53 percent shooting, 4.0 triples, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 11 games.
The trio of Mayo, Garcia, and Esho aim to avenge their earlier loss against the Wolf Warriors. The Braves can opt to use their speed and athleticism to overpower the Wolf Warriors who have a slower frontcourt.
On the other side, the Wolf Warriors will have to work as a team to share and move the ball especially without Herring. With Boyd, Bell, and Steven Thomas, the Wolf Warriors can use their size in paint and slow down the game.