Even without Mikh McKinney who was out for some much-needed and well-deserved rest, the Macau Black Bears still had more than enough as they defeated the Wolf Warriors, 89-81, Sunday night at the Foshan Shishan Gymnasium.
Ryan Watkins bounced back from a poor shooting performance in his their last game as he powered their offense with 36 points on 14 of 29 shooting from the field. The big man also added 21 rebounds to his tally but he got a lot of help from his teammates.
Dewarick Spencer took the lead role as the playmaker for the Black Bears coming up with a triple-double of 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists with four steals and Jenning Leung continued his hot streak with 12 points alongside six rebounds and six assists.
The Black Bears got the jump on the Wolf Warriors with five triples in the opening to lead 31-20 after the first 10 minutes of action. They led by as much as 20 points in the game while the Wolf Warriors did not enjoy a single second on the driver’s seat.
Macau overcame big games from Cai Chen and Mike Bell who both returned to active duty for the Wolf Warriors. Cai, the leading local scorer of the ABL, had 31 points along with nine rebounds and four blocks while Bell chipped in 21 points, 15 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks.
Sun He Feng also had a decent performance with 15 points and nine rebounds but the Wolf Warriors did not get much from Cory Bradford who only had six points on 3 of 11 shooting from the field while Shawntez Patterson did not see action in the game.
Their win put the Black Bears in a good position to chase a top-four spot so that they will have home-court advantage in the quarterfinals. Now holding a 14-11 win-loss tally, the last game on their schedule is a match-up against the Singapore Slingers who are currently at 14-10.
A win over Singapore coupled with another loss for the Slingers or the BTN CLS Knights in their final games will be enough for Macau to sneak into the upper half of the standings.