With Mikh McKinney and Anthony Tucker firing on all cylinders, the Macau Black Bears overwhelmed the Wolf Warriors 99-65, Tuesday night at the University of Macau Sports Complex.
McKinney laid the groundwork early, dropping 19 of his game-high in 28 points in the first half. The Filipino-American guard connected on 10-of-19 shots, including two triples, while also grabbing nine rebounds and six assists. Tucker was just as explosive with his 26 points, 12 assists, and seven boards. He once again displayed his impeccable outside shooting, knocking down six 3-pointers. Ryan Watkins chipped in with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds while Lai Ka Tong added 11.
The Black Bears put the clamps down as early as the first quarter. From a mere 10-6 advantage four minutes into the first period, they held the Wolf Warriors to just five points for the remainder of the quarter to establish a 25-11 lead. Mike Bell and Shawntez Patterson provided scoring for the Wolf Warriors in the second but they were kept at bay by McKinney and company. McKinney capped off his scoring spree in the first half by a late floater with a second left to give his team a 44-27.
The Black Bears were hardly threatened during the third quarter and continued to pour it on in the fourth. After McKinney completed a beautiful and1-play to give Macau a 27-point lead, 82-55, he subbed out with still 7:09 remaining. Tucker followed soon after and the game was practically decided midway through the final period.
The Wolf Warriors failed to outscore the home team in each of the four quarters. They shot only 36 percent from the field while allowing the Black Bears to fire 48 percent. They were also outrebounded 39-47 and committed 14 turnovers. Bell had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Patterson netted only eight points in the loss. Cory Bradford had his lowest output in four games, scoring just 12 points on 4-for-15 shots but manage to dish out eight assists.
The Black Bears are 10-7 but they’ll have no time to rest on their laurels as they face the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in their next game. The Wolf Warriors have lost five in a row for a 2-19 record and will face the Saigon Heat on Sunday.