The Macau Black Bears returned to its winning ways, carving out a 95-83 victory over the Saigon Heat at The Venetian, Macau in Season 10 ASEAN Basketball League action.
The Heat got their first taste of playing against the highest-scoring duo in the league in Kenny Manigault and Mikh McKinney, and the two World Imports left their opponents in the dust. The two were simply unstoppable, against a Heat team that was still struggling with all kinds of changes in their lineup.
Manigault was unstoppable, tallying 29 points on 11/16 shooting. Manigault also tallied 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks in one of the most well-rounded performances of the season.
McKinney was just as impressive, with 23 points,5 rebounds, and 6 assists. The Filipino-American also made 2 of 5 triples in the game, as the Black Bears as a team notched 10 triples from behind the arc compared to only six for the Heat.
Macau wasted no time asserting their dominance over Saigon, immediately opening up a double-digit lead in the first quarter. Behind athletic jams and layups from Manigault, the Black Bears were able to lead by as many as 16 points, before a triple from Tanh Dinh ended the period at 26-13 in favor of the home squad.
That would be the trend for the majority of the ballgame, with the game blowing wide open in the third quarter. A layup from Jenning Yeung in the third quarter extended to lead to a whopping 30 points, as the listless offense and defense of the Heat just crumbled in the face of a determined Black Bears squad.
The Heat tried to make a game out of it in the 4th quarter, as they made a run that got the team to within 11 points in the final two minutes. However the Black Bears refused to give the Heat any hope. Despite being scored 35-18 in the final period, Macau had more than enough to still cruise to the 12-point victory.
The Black Bears got solid contributions from locals Warren Liang and Lao Chon Pong, as the duo combined to score 10 and 9 points respectively. World Import Brandon Edwards struggled from the field with only 7 points, but he made up for it with a game-high 18 rebounds, to go along with 2 blocks.
The Heat were led in scoring by World Import Sam Thompson and Thanh Tam Dinh, each scoring 16 points for the Heat. Thanh Sang Dinh, who returned to the lineup of the Heat prior to the contest also had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench.
Unfortunately for the Heat, it was another forgettable stint for Morakinyo Williams, as he was only able to muster 4 points and 9 rebounds. Through two games, Williams is now averaging 5.5 points and 8.0 rebounds.
The Heat fall to 1-4 this season and will prepare for a battle against the Macau Wolf Warriors on January 16. The Black Bears climb back to .500, with a 5-5 card. They will also be in action on January 16 in a face-off against the Singapore Slingers.