The Macau Black Bears defended homecourt and came away with an impressive victory over the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, 116-103 at the University of Macau Sports Complex.
Playing impressive basketball against the visiting squad, the Black Bears pounced early with a stunning 1st quarter surge, outscoring Alab Pilipinas 33-9 in the first 8 minutes of the period. A free throw from Tian Zhongtian pushed the lead 33 points, before settling on a 27 point advantage at the end of the period, 38-11.
The Black Bears would cruise to the easy victory from that point on, as their lead never wavered or was brought to below 20 points for the subsequent two quarters. Only a mini-run from San Miguel Alab Pilipinas would drop the deficit to below 20 points in garage time in the 4th quarter, ending with the 13 point loss.
The Black Bears were led by another incredible offensive performance from Mikh McKinney, who paced the his team with a whopping 40 points on 13/24 field goals. With teammate Anthony Tucker orchestrating the squad, McKinney was free to lead the offensive charge, continuing his red hot streak of scoring as of late.
The Black Bears’ shooting was superb in the victory, as they unleashed a devastating three point barrage that saw them nail 18 triples on a 50% clip. That would prove to be the game breaker, as the defending champs were unable to stop the onslaught of Macau from beyond the arc. While Alab Pilipinas lorded it over Macau in the paint with 72 points in the shaded area, they were unable to slow down the Black Bears from firing away from beyond the arc, and they paid the price.
Renaldo Balkman put up his usual numbers, tallying 33 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. However he was sloppy with the ball, coughing up 5 turnovers. PJ Ramos chipped in 19 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.
Anthony Tucker racked up monster numbers for the Black Bears with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 2 steals, while Ryan Watkins had a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds.
The win pushes Macau’s winning streak to 4 games climbing to 4th place in the standings with an 11-7 record. San Miguel Alab Pilipinas remains in number 1 despite absorbing the loss, with a league leading 16-4 slate.