It’s the season finale for either the Macau Black Bears or Singapore Slingers in Game 3 of the ABL Quarterfinals matchup. The winner advances to the Semifinals to face Hong Kong Eastern Basketball team in the Semifinals
The two teams were in an absolute dogfight, where every point mattered down the stretch. With Jerran Young and Alexander leading the charge for the Slingers, the duo of Mikh McKinney and Dewarick Spencer ultimately proved to be the better duo, as they found a way to hit the big shots down the stretch in the 80-78 Black Bears win. But one thing’s for sure- nothing has been decided yet in this series.
When the team needed him, Mikh McKinney responded and carried the Black Bears on his back. With 25 points and 13 assists, The MVP candidate scored big basket after big basket to hold off Singapore down the stretch, including an amazing floater over the outstretched arms of John Fields. McKinney has been brilliant all season long, and Macau will need him to tow his squad in a must-win situation.
Flying under the radar all season long as a late pickup, Dewarick Spencer showed his worth for the Black Bears with 20 points including a booming triple to give the Black Bears the lead down the stretch. One of the steadiest imports in the league, Spencer has showed he’s ready to help bring the Black Bears to the semis as he finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds in the win.
The X-Man had a splendid performance in Game 2, though he probably wishes that he could have back the last free throw that he missed with 25 seconds remaining in the game. But despite the miscue, Alexander was still clutch for the Slingers with 27 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, including a courageous drive that helped swing the game back to his team’s side. Can he lead the team to a big victory?
After a brilliant Game 1 performance, Goh was silent in the follow up game, being held without a point and 0/2 from the field. The leading Slingers local player has been a difference maker, and he’ll have to put forward a much better effort in Game 3.
The Slingers may have the benefit of home court advantage, but look for the Black Bears to play their hearts out, and find a way to break through the defense of the home squad. Can Singapore advance to the semis once again, or will the Macau Black Bears find a way to win and advance on the road?