With eight teams seeing action on a busy ABL Sunday, the Macau Black Bears are out to take care of business against the already eliminated Wolf Warriors in an attempt to give themselves a shot at finishing in the top four and claim the home-court advantage that goes along with it in the quarterfinals.
Right now the Black Bears are at the fifth spot but they are just one win behind the fourth-ranked BTN CLS Knights Indonesia, who will be playing their final elimination round game on next Friday against Hong Kong Eastern.
Meanwhile, the Wolf Warriors are out to play the role of spoilers as they are out to hurt the chances of their last three opponents before heading into the offseason of their initial foray into the ABL.
The Wolf Warriors were pounded in their last game by the streaking Formosa Dreamers who have since given themselves a shot at finishing at the top spot. The Dreamers were simply too good for the ABL newcomers in every statistical category.
The good thing for the Wolf Warriors was that a couple of local players stepped up amidst the absence of leading scorer Cai Chen. Liu Xiu and Yan Xu tried their best to lead the fight against the Dreamers as they look to another big performance against the Black Bears.
Cory Bradford led the attack for Wolf Warrior locals but also committed a handful of mistakes that hurt their chances.
On the other end, Macau is coming off a huge win against undermanned San Miguel Alab Pilipinas as the Black Bears gave the defending champions their worst defeat of the season and handed them their first back-to-back losses as well. It was a huge confidence building knowing that they can play like that against the league leaders.
The Black Bears got huge games from Mikh McKinney and Dewarick Spencer who shot the lights out at home. It’s been a while since two players combined for more than 80 points in the game to lead their squad but that’s exactly what they did.
Although Ryan Watkins struggled from the field, he was still solid on defense to help Macau get the victory and with their locals also starting to chip in, they are gathering a lot of steam heading into the playoffs after losing their MVP candidate Anthony Tucker.