The Macau Black Bears and Singapore Slingers wrap up their campaigns in the elimination round, as they go head to head inside the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center.
Both teams are still jockeying position, and still with an opportunity to rise higher as they brace for the Playoffs. The Slingers are currently ahead of the Black Bears in the standings, at 14-10 in 3rd place. However Macau is not far behind at 14-11 in 5th place, and they are determined to get the victory for a shot to have homecourt advantage in the Playoffs.
Depending on how the final games will shake out, the standings this season could still change dramatically. The Slingers could maintain their perch as the third seed, however a loss could drop them to as low as 6th place. Same situation for the Black Bears, who could get to 3rd place or fall to 6th depending on how they fare in their final games.
Playing without MVP candidate Mikh McKinney who was given time to rest, the Black Bears were still able to take care of business against the lowly Wolf Warriors with an 89-81 win. Though the Wolf Warriors were able to hang around, the duo of Ryan Watkins and Dewarick Spencer proved more than enough to take out the challengers.
World Import Center Ryan Watkins did the heavy scoring for the Black Bears with a whopping 36 points along with 21 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in the Macau victory. Playing without his usual running mate, Watkins anchored the team with an impressive display, showcasing his athleticism with coast to coast jams.
The Slingers struggled from the field, and in protecting the ball against the Heat. Their 24 turnovers were a big factor in the loss, as the Heat were also able to take advantage racking up 33 points off of them. As a result, Saigon was able to take the 81-69 victory, even though their shooting was poor against the defense of the Slingers.
John Fields was a bright spot for the Slingers in a game that was an offensive struggle. His 25 points and 20 rebounds anchored the squad, as he attacked relentless in the middle against the Heat. However he has to do a better job of taking care of the ball- his 7 turnovers were a painful pill to swallow.
Expect both squads to go all out to try and finish in the best position possible as they wrap up their eliminations schedule and prepare for the big dance- the ABL Playoffs