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Round 3 (Second Stage)

Group C
Beroe 92% Feb.23 Feni Industr
Kozuv Feb.21 Sutjeska 52%
Group D
Karpos Sokol Feb.22 Teodo Tivat 66%
Kumanovo 60% Feb.22 Peja
Round 1: Four games open new season - Oct 18, 2012


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Ivica
Dimcevski
The Regular Season in Balkan League just started.

Group A
Galil Gilboa - Djuro Djakovic 66-59

The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 39-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Swingman Amit Simhon (197-89, agency: Ronsport) stepped up and scored 13 points and 5 assists for the winners and point guard Nimrod Tishman (189-91) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Swedish-DR Congolese power forward Brice Massamba (208-88, college: UNLV) responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Josip Blajic (192-87) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Djuro Djakovic will play next round against strong Levski Sofia trying to get back on the winning streak. Galil Gilboa will try to continue on its current victory against Mornar Bar on the road.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: A.Simhon 13+3reb+5ast, N.Tishman 12+7reb+2ast, B.Hunter 11+7reb, K.Hayes 9+7reb+2ast, A.Bier-Katz 6+2reb+1ast, S.Brener 5+1reb+4ast
Djuro Djakovic: B.Massamba 15+8reb+4ast, D.Toroman 12+6reb+2ast, M.Sarlija 11+8reb+1ast, J.Blajic 9+6reb+7ast, M.Batina 8+4reb+1ast, M.Bakovic 4+2reb
gschID: 197928


Kumanovo - Mornar Bar 71-69

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mornar Bar won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Mornar Bar 41-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. Kumanovo 2009 brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Mornar Bar was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) nailed 26 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winning side and Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) accounted for 15 points, 16 rebounds and 9 blocks. Four Kumanovo 2009 players scored in double figures. Guard Andrej Pajovic (188-92, college: High School) came up with 14 points and power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Mornar Bar in the defeat. Kumanovo 2009 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mornar Bar will play at home against Galil Gilboa.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: I.Dimcevski 26+9reb+1ast, U.Lukovic 15+16reb, M.Janevski 13+5reb, A.Kostoski 12+3reb+4ast, D.Stanimirovic 2+3reb+2ast, M.Golubovic 2+1reb
Mornar Bar: A.Pajovic 14+4reb+2ast, M.Sekulovic 12+3reb, M.Djurisic 12+3reb+1ast, M.Damjanovic 10+1reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 9+8reb+2ast, L.Radosavljevic 8+4reb+5ast
gschID: 197927


Group B
Kavala - Rilski Sportist 81-79

A very interesting game took place in Kavala. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (0-1) to Greek Kavala (1-0) 81-79 on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists. Canadian-Bosnian guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Four Kavala players scored in double figures. Kavala's coach Chris Chougaz used entire bench in such tough game. American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) answered with 30 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Braxton Dupree (203-89, college: Towson, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 19 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Rilski Sportist. Kavala's next round opponent will be OKK Beograd at home. Rilski Sportist will play against Kozuv in Gevgelija.
Top scorers:
Kavala: J.Fears 20+1reb+4ast, J.Nunnally 11+3reb+1ast, N.Mitrovic 11+4reb, W.Coleman 10+5reb, C.Stefanidis 7+2reb+4ast, B.Krstevski 6+1reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: T.Smith 30+5reb+2ast, B.Dupree 19+12reb+2ast, H.Zahariev 13+5reb+3ast, T.Gugino 7+3reb, S.Slaveykov 6+5reb, S.Vaklinov 4+3reb
gschID: 197930


OKK Beograd - Kozuv 66-74

Quite upsetting was Serbian OKK Beograd's home defeat in a game versus FYR Macedonian Kozuv 74-66. OKK Beograd trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 66-74 at the end of the game. Kozuv forced 21 OKK Beograd turnovers. Bulgarian-FYR Macedonian guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) fired 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 12 points. Montenegrin guard Milorad Sutulovic (196-90) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Ivan Marinkovic (208-93) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Kozuv will meet at home Rilski Sportist in the next round. OKK Beograd will play against Kavala.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: D.Karadzovski 17+1reb+4ast, M.Pekovic 12+4reb+2ast, K.Pavlovski 10+2reb+1ast, A.Shterjov 9+5reb+1ast, V.Filipovic 7+3reb+1ast, P.Blazevski 7+3reb
OKK Beograd: M.Sutulovic 16+5reb+2ast, I.Marinkovic 11+5reb+1ast, V.Popovic 9+1reb+1ast, A.Nesovic 8+4reb+2ast, N.Jeftic 8+4reb+1ast, F.Sepa 7+1ast
gschID: 197929
  




Jayon James
Jayon James claims Balkan League weekly honour - 10 days ago
American Jayon James (198-F/G-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sutjeska and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage). The 24-year old swingman had the game-high 24 points adding five rebounds and seven assists for Sutjeska in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kozuv (#7, 1-3) 84-76. Sutjeska is placed at 6th position in Balkan League. Sutjeska is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little b...   [read more]

Alban Veseli
Round 2 (Second Stage): Peja hands first to Kumanovo - 11 days ago
FYR Macedonian Kumanovo (3-1) recorded a loss in Peje on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Kosovan Peja (2-2) 85-68. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-68. Peja looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Alban Veseli (202-90) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. American point guard Cameron...   [read more]

Robert
Abramovic
2 new players at Peja - 13 days ago
KB Peja has officially notified that has reached the agreement with two international players for the remaining part of the season. KB Peja is actually the only team from Kosovo that has survived the first stage of Balkan League and is trying to reach qualification from the second stage. After parting ways with american Lamarcus Reed (196-G/F-88, college: Texas Arlington), the team has signed with Slovenian Robert Abramovic (185-PG-88) and Montenegrin Slobodan Miljanic (201-F-90, coll...   [read more]


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Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1 Beroe 4-0 
 2 Sutjeska 2-2 
 3 Kozuv 1-3 
 4 Feni Industries 1-3 
Group D
 1 Kumanovo 3-1 
 2 Teodo Tivat 2-2 
 3 Peja 2-2 
 4 Karpos Sokoli 1-3 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Eric PALM
  Bashkimi
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Palm, Bashkimi22.6 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv21.2 
 3. Johnson, Bashkimi20.3 
 4. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.2 
 5. Mijovic, Kozuv17.8 
 6. Kostovski, Kuman.17.6 
 7. Gibson, Beroe17.3 
 8. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.17.1 
 9. Rhett, Sigal P.17.0 
 10. Veseli, Peja16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 M.J. RHETT
  Sigal P.
  (206-PF-92)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Rhett, Sigal P.9.7 
 2. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.9.7 
 3. Jazvin, Bashkimi8.3 
 4. Mijovic, Kozuv8.2 
 5. Shima, SK Tirana8.1 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.7.3 
 7. Johnson, Bashkimi6.9 
 8. Gajovic, Sutjeska6.8 
 9. Delic, Sigal P.6.5 
 10. Skeen, Peja6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Bashkimi
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Korac, Bashkimi6.0 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.5 
 3. Tillotson, Peja5.3 
 4. McNeaill, Kozuv5.2 
 5. Raley-Ross, Beroe5.0 
 6. Aleksiev, Beroe4.9 
 7. Perry, Karpos S.4.9 
 8. Mavra, Karpos S.4.6 
 9. Kostovski, Kuman.4.4 
 10. Wise, Trepca4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Bashkimi
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Korac, Bashkimi3.0 
 2. Qallaku, Peja2.5 
 3. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.3 
 4. Hajrizi, Sigal P.2.2 
 5. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Sigal P.2.0 
 7. Abramovic, Kozuv2.0 
 8. McNeaill, Kozuv1.8 
 9. Stanojevic, Teodo T.1.8 
 10. Gibson, Beroe1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Beroe
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Jones, Beroe1.3 
 2. Dickerson, Bashkimi1.0 
 3. Forte, Sigal P.1.0 
 4. Ivshyn, Peja0.8 
 5. Kusovac, Teodo T.0.8 
 6. Rugova, Sigal P.0.7 
 7. Gudul, Beroe0.7 
 8. Zekovic, Karpos S.0.6 
 9. Reed, Peja0.6 
 10. Rhett, Sigal P.0.5 
Player of the Week

 Milivoje Mijovic
  Kozuv
  ( 200-PF-91 )
  
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