The hot-shooting Macau Black Bears handed San Miguel Alab Pilipinas their worst defeat of the season as they banked on another brilliant performance from Mikh McKinney to score a dominant 114-84 victory, Friday night in Foshan.
Although he fell a little bit short of setting a new career high in the ABL, McKinney’s performance was more than enough to deal Alab’s first two-game slide of the season. After dropping 50 points on them in their last meeting in the Philippines, McKinney followed up with 43 points, five rebounds, and eight assists while shooting an unbelievable 7 of 10 from downtown.
The big difference for Macau was the presence of another gunner in Dewarick Spencer who had 42 points in the game with five triples.
In total, the Black Bears had 16 three-point conversions as they took advantage of the holes in Alab’s defense. Macau scored more than 30 points in the second, third, and fourth quarters as they took command of the contest after their opponent’s fiery 11-0 start in the game.
The big games from McKinney and Spencer enabled the Black Bears to survive a poor performance offensively from Ryan Watkins who only had four points in the game of 2 of 10 shooting from the field. However, he was solid on defense with 16 rebounds and three blocks.
PJ Ramos led Alab with 24 points and nine rebounds but he sorely missed his tag-team partner Renaldo Balkman who is still out with an injury. Josh Urbiztondo was explosive off the bench with 16 points powered by five triples but he did most of his damage in the first half. He could not connect anymore when Macau started to get going.
Aside from Balkman, Alab also missed the services of Lawrence Domingo, Brandon Rosser, and JR Alabanza.
With the loss, Alab is only a win ahead of the Formosa Dreamers.
Although they are undefeated at home, Alab is only 6-6 on the road. The defending champions are now hoping to get some of their injured players back in active duty as they take on the Dreamers this Sunday for the number 1 spot in the standings.
Macau, on the other end, stays in contention for a top-four spot with their 13-11 win-loss tally. They will also be seeing action on Sunday against the Wold Warriors.