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
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
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
Quite upsetting was Serbian OKK Beograd's home defeat in a game versus FYR Macedonian Kozuv74-66. 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
Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Awards 2016 - Apr 21, 2016
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Finals MVP: Jason Washburn (210-C-90) of Sigal Prishtina; Player of the Year: Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85) of Sigal Prishtina; Guard of the Year: Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88) of Sigal Prishtina; Forward of the Year: Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85) of Sigal Prishtina; Center of the Year: Jason Washburn (210-C-90) of Sigal Prishtina; Defensive Player of the Year: Jason Washburn (210-C-90) of Sigal Prishtina; European Player of the Year: Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88) of Sigal Prishtin [read more]
Sigal Prishtina celebrate second straight title - Apr 20, 2016
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KK Mornar - Sigal Prishtina 75:68 Sigal Pristhina celebrated the second consecutive Balkan League title. The Kosovo powerhouse beat KK Mornar on aggregate in the championship series to defend the title. Sigal Prishtina entered the return leg clash enjoying 14-point lead from Game 1. But Mornar got to an energetic start. The Montenegrin side grabbed a 23:15 lead after ten minutes. Sigal Prishtina however bounced back in the second term. The visitors denied the deficit and pulled ahead fo... [read more]
KK Mornar - Sigal Prishtina 75:68
Sigal Pristhina celebrated the second consecutive Balkan League title. The Kosovo powerhouse beat KK Mornar on aggregate in the championship series to defend the title. Sigal Prishtina entered the return leg clash enjoying 14-point lead from Game 1. But Mornar got to an energetic start. The Montenegrin side grabbed a 23:15 lead after ten minutes. Sigal Prishtina however bounced back in the second term. The visitors denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 39:35 halftime advantage. Mornar went off the dressing room firing from all guns. The home side regained the lead and built a 57:47 lead heading into the fourth quarter. However Sigal Prishtina sank 21 points in the final stanza and celebrated one more Balkan League title. Lamont Jones (183-G-90, college: Iona) posted 22 points for Mornar. Balsa Radunovic (207-PF-80, agency: Interperformances) added 20 points for the hosts. Jason Washburn (210-C-90, college: Utah, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Sigal Prishtina. Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88) tossed in 15 points for the visitors.
Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) is the MVP of Balkan League for season 2015/2016. The power forward of KB Sigal Prishtina has had a very good campaign with consistent performances. He′s played well since his first game in the competition and has been a pain for each team′s defense. Before the Finals Abukar had taken part in 13 games of SIGAL Prishtina. In those matches he is averaging 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and efficiency rating of... [read more]
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