Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team picked up a big victory on the road against the Macau Black Bears, winning 114-90 at the University of Macau Sports Complex in ABL action.
Behind monster performances from the trio of World Imports, Sam Deguara, O’Darien Bassett and Marcus Elliott, Hong Kong dominated Macau in the final canto, using a dominating fourth quarter performance to pull away and seal the victory.
A three pointer from Lau Tsz Lai at the 1:43 mark of the third quarter gave Hong Kong a nine point lead, 78-69. But Ryan Watkins’ triple and a basket by Liu Zihao kept the Black Bears within striking distance only down five 8-75 at the end of the third period.
However that set the stage for what would a gamebreaking run for Hong Kong to start the period. They unleashed a 25-3 blast, limiting the fiery Black Bears to only 2 points for the first 6 minutes of the quarter. After a Watkins dunk to mercifully end the run at the 4:09 mark, Hong Kong was up by 24 points, and in firm control of what was a back and forth game before that run began.
Sam Deguara starred in the run, as he scored 10 points behind an array of moves and overwhelming dunks. He finished his best game in a Hong Kong uniform with 33 points on 14/17 from the field, to go along with 17 rebounds.
O’Darien Bassett was excellent as well, tallying a well-rounded 28 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Marcus Elliott filled the box score as well with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists.
The Black Bears were paced by Watkins’ double-double performance of 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Anthony Tucker uncharacteristically struggled from the field with 8/24 shooting, yet was still able to churn out 24 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 7 assists.
Hong Kong registered its eighth win of the season, now in 7th place in the standings at 8-6. The Black Bears absorbed its 4th loss of the season, dropping to 6-4 in 5th place.
The two teams will be back in ABL action shortly, as the Black Bears travel to the Philippines to challenge the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas on January 18. Hong Kong hosts the Formosa Dreamers in the Southorn Stadium on January 20, Sunday.