Hot-shooting Macau wallops Alab Pilipinas

JR Isaga
The Black Bears maul Alab right from the get-go, outscoring them 38-11 in the 1st quarter



 NOT ENOUGH. The huge double-double outing of Alab import Renaldo Balkman isn’t enough to turn the game around. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Macau Black Bears stunned the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas with a wire-to-wire 116-103 home win in ABL Season 9 on Wednesday, February 27.

Macau’s dominant rout boosted its playoff hopes, climbing to an 11-8 record while the defending champs fell to a 16-4 slate, snapping a three-game winning streak.

Macau import Mikh McKinney exploded for 40 points on a 13-24 (54%) shooting in the huge win.

Lead guard Anthony Tucker likewise churned out an impressive 25-point, 15-assist double-double with 5 rebounds while big man Ryan Watkins had a double-double of 20 markers and 15 boards.

The Black Bears mauled Alab right from the get-go, outscoring them 38-11 in the 1st quarter. They then kept the pressure up since then, peaking with a 31-point gap, 76-45, after a Watkins fadeaway midway through the 3rd frame.

Alab only got as near as 12 points, 99-111, after a pair of Ray Parks charities deep within 4th quarter garbage time.

Despite the bad loss, reigning Defensive Player of the Year Renaldo Balkman played to his usual standards, tallying 33 points and 11 rebounds on a 13-of-20 (65%) shooting.

PJ Ramos added 19 markers and 14 boards while Parks scored 18. –