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Round 4: Kumanovo 2009 defeats Djuro Djakovic - Nov 7, 2012


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An interesting game for FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (2-1) which hosted in Kumanovo one of their biggest challengers Croatian Djuro Djakovic (1-3). Third ranked Kumanovo 2009 had an easy win 83-67. Djuro Djakovic trailed 41-39 at halftime, rallying from a 25-12 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Kumanovo 2009 dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Djuro Djakovic's 28. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Kumanovo 2009's coach Ljubislav Lukovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) replied with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for Djuro Djakovic. Kumanovo 2009 maintains third position in Group A with 2-1 record behind leader Galil Gilboa. Djuro Djakovic at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Kumanovo 2009 is looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski Sofia at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Djuro Djakovic will play against the league's leader Galil Gilboa and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to top-ranked Bulgarian Levski Sofia (2-0) 89-84. Worth to mention a great performance of center Nikolay Varbanov (210-85, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and Chavdar Kostov who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Milos Djurisic (194-88, agency: TSS Management) responded with 22 points (made all of his eight free throws). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Levski Sofia maintains second position in Group A with 2-0 record behind leader Galil Gilboa. Mornar Bar at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Levski Sofia will play against Kumanovo 2009 (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mornar Bar will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Serbian OKK Beograd is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to ninth ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (2-1) 104-86 on Tuesday evening. The winners were led by Braxton Dupree who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Jovan Koprivica did not help to save the game for OKK Beograd. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rilski Sportist moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Kumanovo. Loser OKK Beograd still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Mornar Bar. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Tivat was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked FYR Macedonian Kozuv (2-2) played at the court of top-ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (2-0). Teodo Tivat managed to secure a 7-point victory 75-68. Marko Mijovic fired 19 points for the winners. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Teodo Tivat moved-up to sixth place in Group B. Kozuv at the other side dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. Teodo Tivat's next round opponent will be Kavala (#7) at home.


Group A
Kumanovo - Djuro Djakovic 83-67

An interesting game for FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (2-1) which hosted in Kumanovo one of their biggest challengers Croatian Djuro Djakovic (1-3). Third ranked Kumanovo 2009 had an easy win 83-67. Djuro Djakovic trailed 41-39 at halftime, rallying from a 25-12 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Kumanovo 2009 dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Djuro Djakovic's 28. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Kumanovo 2009 players scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009's coach Ljubislav Lukovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) replied with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Denis Toroman (194-82, agency: TSS Management) added 19 points in the effort for Djuro Djakovic. Kumanovo 2009 maintains third position in Group A with 2-1 record behind leader Galil Gilboa. Djuro Djakovic at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Kumanovo 2009 is looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski Sofia at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Djuro Djakovic will play against the league's leader Galil Gilboa and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: I.Dimcevski 24+5reb, A.Kostoski 19+11reb+7ast, U.Lukovic 12+7reb, D.Mikic 10+2reb+2ast, M.Janevski 10+3reb, M.Golubovic 2
Djuro Djakovic: D.Toroman 19+1reb+3ast, M.Sarlija 17+4reb+3ast, M.Batina 11+3reb+2ast, B.Massamba 8+3reb+1ast, J.Blajic 7+8reb+2ast, M.Kljaic 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 197939


Mornar Bar - Levski Sofia 84-89

Bottom-ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to top-ranked Bulgarian Levski Sofia (2-0) 89-84. Mornar Bar was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Levski Sofia dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Mornar Bar's 36. Worth to mention a great performance of center Nikolay Varbanov (210-85, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Milos Djurisic (194-88, agency: TSS Management) responded with 22 points (made all of his eight free throws) and Serbian forward Lazar Radosavljevic (204-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Levski Sofia maintains second position in Group A with 2-0 record behind leader Galil Gilboa. Mornar Bar at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Levski Sofia will play against Kumanovo 2009 (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mornar Bar will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: N.Varbanov 25+8reb, C.Kostov 19+3reb+3ast, D.Anguelov 11+10reb+4ast, D.Dimitrov 9+2reb, S.Georgiev 6+2reb+1ast, M.Marinovic 6+3reb+7ast
Mornar Bar: M.Djurisic 22+2reb+3ast, M.Damjanovic 18+4reb, L.Radosavljevic 14+5reb+5ast, N.Ivanovic 8+1reb+3ast, M.Sekulovic 5+6reb, V.Pavic 4+2reb
gschID: 197938


Group B
Teodo Tivat - Kozuv 75-68

The game in Tivat was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked FYR Macedonian Kozuv (2-2) played at the court of top-ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (2-0). Teodo Tivat managed to secure a 7-point victory 75-68. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 21-12 last quarter charge of Kozuv cut the lead to 75-68 at the end of the game. Teodo Tivat made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Point guard Marko Mijovic (188-87) fired 19 points for the winners. Center Savo Djikanovic (211-75, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Teodo Tivat players scored in double figures. Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) produced 8 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian Vladimir Filipovic (196-85) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Teodo Tivat moved-up to sixth place in Group B. Kozuv at the other side dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. Teodo Tivat's next round opponent will be Kavala (#7) at home.
Top scorers:
Teodo Tivat: M.Mijovic 19+4reb+2ast, S.Djikanovic 15+8reb+2ast, S.Tepavcevic 13+5reb+2ast, A.Radulovic 11+11reb+1ast, I.Kunjic 8+4reb+1ast, S.Subotic 5+3reb+1ast
Kozuv: V.Filipovic 12+2reb+1ast, D.Radulovic 11+2reb+2ast, A.Shterjov 10+2reb, M.Pekovic 8+6reb+2ast, K.Pavlovski 6+7reb, P.Blazevski 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 197941


Rilski Sportist - OKK Beograd 104-86

Bottom-ranked Serbian OKK Beograd is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to ninth ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (2-1) 104-86 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. OKK Beograd managed to win second period 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The winners were led by American forward Braxton Dupree (203-89, college: Towson, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) supported him with 28 points and 7 assists. Five Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by swingman Jovan Koprivica (198-82) did not help to save the game for OKK Beograd. Power forward Milos Pavlovic (210-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 16 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rilski Sportist moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Kumanovo. Loser OKK Beograd still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Mornar Bar. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: T.Smith 28+1reb+7ast, B.Dupree 25+15reb+4ast, H.Zahariev 13+3reb+4ast, B.Mirkovic 12+3reb+2ast, S.Slaveykov 10+3reb+1ast, T.Gugino 10+6reb+1ast
OKK Beograd: J.Koprivica 19+5reb+5ast, M.Pavlovic 16+9reb+1ast, N.Jeftic 12+4reb, V.Popovic 9+3reb+3ast, A.Nesovic 8+2reb+3ast, F.Sepa 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 197940
  



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Basketball Transactions


Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1 Mornar Bar 4-2 
 2 Beroe 4-2 
 3 Teodo Tivat 3-3 
 4 Bashkimi 1-5 
Group D
 1 Sigal Prishtina 6-0 
 2 Kozuv 3-3 
 3 Peja 2-4 
 4 Levski 2014 1-5 
Stage One Standings
Points Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Jones, Canterbury21.6 
 2. Jones, Mornar Bar20.6 
 3. Delic, Peja19.0 
 4. Berisha, Sigal P.18.5 
 5. Penn, Kozuv17.8 
 6. Abukar, Sigal P.17.7 
 7. Washburn, Sigal P.17.5 
 8. Waller, Mornar Bar17.2 
 9. Ivanov, Bahia B.17.0 
 10. Simeonov, Levski16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert SAMPSON
  Mornar B.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Sampson, Mornar B.9.1 
 2. Washburn, Sigal P.8.8 
 3. Delic, Peja8.7 
 4. Shima, Sigal P.8.6 
 5. Jones, Canterbury8.0 
 6. Simeonov, Levski7.7 
 7. Johnson, Teodo T.7.5 
 8. Davis, Peja7.2 
 9. Radunovic, Mornar6.9 
 10. Doychinov, Levski6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler LASER
  Kavala
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Laser, Kavala6.0 
 2. Kemp, Sigal Prisht.6.0 
 3. Yanev, Levski 20145.5 
 4. Hajrizi, Peja5.0 
 5. Bussey, Bashkimi4.5 
 6. Jovanovic, Lovcen4.5 
 7. Chatman, Mornar B.4.5 
 8. El-Amin, Goettingen4.3 
 9. Berisha, Sigal P.4.3 
 10. Burwell, Peja4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jones, Canterbury2.6 
 2. Jovanovic, Lovcen2.1 
 3. Bussey, Bashkimi2.1 
 4. Tmusic, Lovcen2.0 
 5. Veseli, Peja2.0 
 6. Berisha, Sigal P.2.0 
 7. White, Kozuv2.0 
 8. Waller, Mornar Bar2.0 
 9. Penn, Kozuv1.9 
 10. Barnes, Beroe1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jason WASHBURN
  Sigal P.
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Washburn, Sigal P.2.0 
 2. Petric, Lovcen1.5 
 3. Vujosevic, Mornar1.3 
 4. Sampson, Mornar B.1.2 
 5. Doychinov, Levski1.2 
 6. Arsic, Teodo Tivat1.1 
 7. Jones, Canterbury0.9 
 8. Uzas, Bashkimi0.8 
 9. Hajrizi, Peja0.7 
 10. Muldrow, Niaga.0.7 
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