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Round 3 (Regular Season)

Group A
Teodo Tivat Oct.25 Kozuv 87%
Beroe 99% Oct.25 Bashkimi
Group B
Sutjeska 71% Oct.26 SK Tirana
Feni Industr 57% Oct.26 Trepca
Round 10: Regular season ends with five games - Jan 15, 2013

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The Regular Season in Balkan League just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Galil Gilboa - Levski Sofia 72-70

Balkan League round 10 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Bulgarian Levski Sofia (5-3) against second ranked Israeli Galil Gilboa (6-2) 72-70 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-70. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Kenny Hayes (188-87, college: Miami, OH, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 assists. point guard Nimrod Tishman (197-91) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) replied with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Dimitar Dimitrov (202-93, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points in the effort for Levski Sofia. Four Levski Sofia players scored in double figures. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Galil Gilboa finished on top of Group A ladder. Levski Sofia advanced into the next round from the second position.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: S.Georgiev 15+1reb, C.Kostov 13+1reb+3ast, D.Dimitrov 13+2reb+2ast, M.Marinovic 10+5reb+5ast, N.Varbanov 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 5+2reb+2ast
Galil Gilboa: K.Hayes 20+3reb+5ast, N.Tishman 19+1reb+4ast, R.Sanders 10+7reb, A.Simhon 6+2reb+3ast, B.Hunter 6+2reb+2ast, Y.Green 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 197964

Djuro Djakovic - Levski Sofia 82-71

Leading Bulgarian Levski Sofia (5-3) recorded its second loss in Slavonski Brod. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Croatian Djuro Djakovic (4-4) 82-71. The game was mostly controlled by Djuro Djakovic. Levski Sofia was better in third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Djuro Djakovic players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Levski Sofia's players. Guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Djuro Djakovic players scored in double figures. At the losing side Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) scored 17 points. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: C.Kostov 20+5reb+2ast, M.Marinovic 17+2reb+3ast, P.Ivanov 9+6reb, Z.Georgiev 7+1ast, N.Varbanov 6+9reb, D.Anguelov 5+2reb+1ast
Djuro Djakovic: M.Sarlija 21+5reb, H.Puljko 16+7reb+10ast, M.Batina 15+3reb+1ast, J.Blajic 11+5ast, M.Karlovic 10+6reb+2ast, T.Brnas 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 231201

Round 6
Rilski Sportist - Kavala 100-71

The game in Samokov supposed to be also worth to mention about. Greek Kavala (4-4) played at the court of Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (5-3). Rilski Sportist smashed Kavala 100-71. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Kavala was better in fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist forced 25 Kavala turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 18 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Rilski Sportist players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Kavala's players. 27 personal fouls committed by Kavala helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) fired 29 points, 7 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 25 points and 5 steals (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). American-Greek center Steve Panos (206-88, college: Weber St.) produced 16 points and forward Dimitris Kalampakas (202-89) added 14 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rilski Sportist claimed the top position in Group B. Kavala also managed to make it into Top 6 after they occupied the third position in the standings.
Top scorers:
Kavala: S.Panos 16+4reb+1ast, D.Kalampakas 14+1reb+1ast, S.Manolopoulos 8+2reb+1ast, N.Mitrovic 8+6reb+1ast, P.Velissariou 7+1reb+2ast, Y.Gagaloudis 6+1ast
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 29+2reb+7ast, T.Smith 25+1reb+2ast, H.Zahariev 13+4reb+5ast, T.Gugino 9+7reb+1ast, S.Vaklinov 7+7reb+5ast, B.Dupree 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 229776

Round 9
Djuro Djakovic - Kumanovo 84-77

Very important is a road loss of third ranked FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (4-4) against fourth ranked Croatian Djuro Djakovic (4-4) on Tuesday night. Visiting Kumanovo 2009 was defeated by Djuro Djakovic in a tough game in Slavonski Brod 77-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kumanovo 2009 won fourth quarter 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Djuro Djakovic made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83) notched 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Toni Brnas (201-91) supported him with 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Djuro Djakovic players scored in double figures. Even 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) did not help to save the game for Kumanovo 2009. Swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points for lost side. Despite victory Djuro Djakovic could not leave the fourth position and would have to play in Last 4. Kumanovo preserved the third position and stayed in the title race.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: A.Kostoski 30+5reb+5ast, I.Dimcevski 19+2reb+2ast, U.Lukovic 10+11reb, M.Janevski 7+1reb, A.Lee-Ingram 5+7reb, D.Mikic 4+3reb
Djuro Djakovic: T.Brnas 23+1reb+1ast, H.Puljko 22+6reb+4ast, M.Sarlija 15+3reb+1ast, M.Batina 13+6reb+5ast, I.Salamun 8+5reb+5ast, M.Karlovic 3+1ast
gschID: 197965

OKK Beograd - Teodo Tivat 74-75

Important game to mention about took place in Beograd. Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (5-3) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging Serbian OKK Beograd (2-6) 75-74 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of OKK Beograd. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Teodo Tivat finished the regular season in the second position in Group B. OKK Beograd remained at the bottom of the ladder.
gschID: 231493

Shane Gibson
Balkan League round 2 best performance: Shane Gibson - 15 hours ago

American Guard Shane Gibson (188-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Beroe, receiving a Player of the Week award for round 2. The 26-year old player was the main contributor (33 points) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Kozuv (#3, 1-1) 86-80. It allowed Beroe to consolidate first place in the Balkan League. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Beroe won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the sta...   [read more]

Petar Mijovic resigns from Sigal Prishtina - 11 hours ago

The Montenegrin coach, Petar Mijovic , has resigned from Sigal Prishtina yesterday. Sigal Prishtina was beaten hardly from Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket at FIBA Europe Cup first round match in Istanbul, which was the fourth defeat in a row for reigning champions of Kosova. Sigal Prishtina is still searching for the first victory in 2016-17 season, after losing from KB Bashkimi Prizren and KB Peja at Kosovan Super league. They have also started with defeat at Balkan League, after...   [read more]

Shane Gibson
Round 2: Kozuv loses to Beroe - 1 day ago

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Balkan League. The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of FYR Macedonia Kozuv (1-1) in Gevgelija on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by Bulgaria Beroe (2-0) 86-80. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-19. But Kozuv won second period 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the...   [read more]

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Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1 Beroe 2-0 
 2 Kumanovo 2-0 
 3 Kozuv 1-1 
 4 Sigal Prishtina 0-1 
 5 Teodo Tivat 0-1 
 6 Bashkimi 0-2 
Group B
 1 Peja 1-0 
 2 Sutjeska 1-0 
 3 Feni Industries 1-1 
 4 Trepca 1-1 
 5 SK Tirana 1-1 
 6 Karpos Sokoli 0-2 
Full Standings
Points Per Game
  Avg: 28
 1. Gibson, Beroe28.0 
 2. Trajkovski, Sigal22.0 
 3. Djokovic, Sutjeska21.0 
 4. Ahmetbasic, Peja21.0 
 5. Abramovic, Kozuv20.0 
 6. Johnson, SK Tirana20.0 
 7. Mijatovic, Kuman.19.5 
 8. McNeaill, Kozuv19.5 
 9. Perovic, Sutjeska19.0 
 10. Djurisic, Teodo T.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9
 1. Rhett, Sigal P.9.0 
 2. Djurkovic, Sutjeska9.0 
 3. Gudul, Beroe8.0 
 4. Popovic, Bashkimi8.0 
 5. Nuhanovic, Peja8.0 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.7.5 
 7. Mijovic, Kozuv7.5 
 8. Gajovic, Sutjeska7.0 
 9. Perovic, Sutjeska7.0 
 10. Hysenagolli, SK T.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola LALIC
  Avg: 9
 1. Lalic, Sutjeska9.0 
 2. Petrovski, Feni I.5.0 
 3. Gajovic, Sutjeska5.0 
 4. Segaric, Beroe5.0 
 5. Stanojevic, Teodo5.0 
 6. Kostovski, Kuman.4.5 
 7. Aleksiev, Beroe4.5 
 8. Wise, Trepca4.5 
 9. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.0 
 10. Reed, Peja4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jayon JAMES
  Avg: 5
 1. James, Sutjeska5.0 
 2. Djurkovic, Sutjeska3.0 
 3. Aleksiev, Beroe3.0 
 4. Tmusic, Bashkimi2.5 
 5. Gudul, Beroe2.5 
 6. Gibson, Beroe2.5 
 7. Nikolov, Beroe2.0 
 8. Gajovic, Sutjeska2.0 
 9. Rugova, Sigal P.2.0 
 10. Hinds, Sigal P.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 3
 1. Vujovic, Sutjeska3.0 
 2. Hasani, SK Tirana1.0 
 3. Salic, Sutjeska1.0 
 4. Anastasov, Karpos1.0 
 5. Reed, Peja1.0 
 6. Boskovic, Sutjeska1.0 
 7. Perovic, Sutjeska1.0 
 8. Pekovic, Kumanovo1.0 
 9. Thomas, Sutjeska1.0 
 10. Trajkovski, Sigal1.0 
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