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Round 9 (Regular Season)

Group A
Kozuv Dec.13 Teodo Tivat 70%
Kumanovo Dec.13 Sigal Prisht 51%
Bashkimi 56% Dec.13 Beroe
Group B
SK Tirana 54% Dec.14 Sutjeska
Karpos Sokol Dec.14 Peja 70%
Trepca Dec.14 Feni Industr 76%
Round 2 (Second Stage): Levski Sofia defeats Kavala - Feb 20, 2013


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Chavdar
Kostov
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Balkan League.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Greek Kavala (3-3) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Bulgarian Levski Sofia (4-2) 77-73. It was a key game for the top position in Group C as both teams had the same 3-2 record before this meeting. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Kavala won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Forward Dimitar Dimitrov (203-93, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Serbian-Greek guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points and 5 assists for Kavala. Kavala's coach Angelos Koronios tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Levski Sofia keeps a position of Group C leader. Kavala at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Levski Sofia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Teodo Tivat (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Kavala will play against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for FYR Macedonian undefeated Kozuv (4-0) which played in Slavonski Brod against top-ranked Croatian Djuro Djakovic (3-1). Top-ranked Kozuv had an easy win 89-72. It was a key game for the top position in Group D. Kozuv keeps a position of Group D leader. Djuro Djakovic at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (3-3) against fourth ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (3-3) on Tuesday night. Visiting Kumanovo 2009 was defeated by Rilski Sportist in Samokov 88-75. Branko Mirkovic notched 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds by Uros Lukovic did not help to save the game for Kumanovo 2009. Kumanovo 2009's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Rilski Sportist moved-up to second place in Group C, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kumanovo 2009. Rilski Sportist will meet at home Galil Gilboa (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kumanovo 2009 will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Croatian Djuro Djakovic (3-1) which played road game in Beograd against one of their biggest challengers Serbian OKK Beograd (0-3). First ranked Djuro Djakovic managed to get a 9-point victory 99-90. The best player for the winners was Matej Karlovic who scored 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). OKK Beograd's coach Srdjan Jekovic gave the chance to play for eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Djuro Djakovic have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Djuro Djakovic went down to second position (Group D) due to points difference. OKK Beograd at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Djuro Djakovic will have a break next round. OKK Beograd will play on the road against Mornar Bar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2
In Group C bottom-ranked Teodo Tivat was beaten by Galil Gilboa on the road 102-92.


Group First Six
Galil Gilboa - Teodo Tivat 102-92

Everything could happen in Rosh Pina at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Israeli Galil Gilboa and 6th ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat had identical 2-3 record. This time Galil Gilboa used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Tivat 102-92. The game was mostly controlled by Galil Gilboa. Teodo Tivat was better in third quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Galil Gilboa shot 60.9 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) who scored 31 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Marko Mijovic (188-87) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 assists and center Savo Djikanovic (211-75, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa (3-3) moved-up to second place in Group C, which they share with 3 other teams. Teodo Tivat at the other side stay at the bottom position with four games lost. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be Kavala (#4) on the road. Teodo Tivat will play against the league's leader Levski Sofia.
Top scorers:
Teodo Tivat: M.Mijovic 27+3reb+11ast, S.Djikanovic 15+6reb+2ast, A.Radulovic 14+3reb, S.Subotic 14+2reb+3ast, M.Johnson 8+3reb, I.Kunjic 5+4reb+2ast
Galil Gilboa: J.Smith 31+1reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 21+6reb+3ast, R.Sanders 16+6reb+3ast, K.Hayes 12+1reb+7ast, A.Bier-Katz 7+2reb+1ast, B.Bowman 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 231541


Kavala - Levski Sofia 73-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Greek Kavala (3-3) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Bulgarian Levski Sofia (4-2) 77-73. It was a key game for the top position in Group C as both teams had the same 3-2 record before this meeting. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Kavala won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Forward Dimitar Dimitrov (203-93, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Serbian-Greek guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points and 5 assists and Scottish-Nigerian Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) added 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Kavala. Kavala's coach Angelos Koronios tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Levski Sofia keeps a position of Group C leader. Kavala at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Levski Sofia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Teodo Tivat (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Kavala will play against Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kavala: I.Milosevic 15+3reb+5ast, K.Achara 15+5reb+2ast, D.Tairu 14+4reb, W.Coleman 8+5reb+1ast, G.Arbet 8+5reb+2ast, D.Kalampakas 4+1reb+1ast
Levski Sofia: C.Kostov 22+4reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 13, S.Georgiev 13+5reb+2ast, D.Dimitrov 12+8reb+1ast, M.Marinovic 9+2reb+7ast, N.Varbanov 7+7reb
gschID: 231540


Rilski Sportist - Kumanovo 88-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (3-3) against fourth ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (3-3) on Tuesday night. Visiting Kumanovo 2009 was defeated by Rilski Sportist in Samokov 88-75. The game without a history. Rilski Sportist led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) supported him with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Five Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds by Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) did not help to save the game for Kumanovo 2009. Guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 18 points and 4 assists for the guests. Kumanovo 2009's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Rilski Sportist moved-up to second place in Group C, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kumanovo 2009. Rilski Sportist will meet at home Galil Gilboa (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kumanovo 2009 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: U.Lukovic 26+14reb+2ast, A.Kostoski 18+3reb+4ast, I.Dimcevski 9+2reb+1ast, D.Mikic 6+3reb, A.Lee-Ingram 6+5reb, M.Mladenovic 4+4reb+4ast
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 21+5reb+6ast, T.Smith 18+9reb+2ast, B.Dupree 16+11reb, H.Zahariev 15+3reb+3ast, T.Gugino 12+6reb, S.Vaklinov 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 231539


Group Last Four
Djuro Djakovic - Kozuv 72-89

Another interesting game for FYR Macedonian undefeated Kozuv (4-0) which played in Slavonski Brod against top-ranked Croatian Djuro Djakovic (3-1). Top-ranked Kozuv had an easy win 89-72. It was a key game for the top position in Group D. It looked good early as Djuro Djakovic took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kozuv took control winning two of next three quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 17 points. Kozuv keeps a position of Group D leader. Djuro Djakovic at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 231557


OKK Beograd - Djuro Djakovic 90-99

An interesting game for Croatian Djuro Djakovic (3-1) which played road game in Beograd against one of their biggest challengers Serbian OKK Beograd (0-3). First ranked Djuro Djakovic managed to get a 9-point victory 99-90. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-16. But OKK Beograd won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Djuro Djakovic players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Matej Karlovic (200-89) who scored 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Vuk Malidzan (193-88) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 9 rebounds, 14 assists and 4 steals and guard Vladimir Popovic (190-82) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Four OKK Beograd players scored in double figures. OKK Beograd's coach Srdjan Jekovic gave the chance to play for eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Djuro Djakovic have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Djuro Djakovic went down to second position (Group D) due to points difference. OKK Beograd at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Djuro Djakovic will have a break next round. OKK Beograd will play on the road against Mornar Bar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
OKK Beograd: V.Popovic 17+2reb+2ast, N.Jeftic 13+1reb+1ast, M.Pavlovic 12+3reb+2ast, V.Malidzan 12+9reb+14ast, I.Marinkovic 11+1reb+1ast, S.Knezevic 8+6reb+3ast
Djuro Djakovic: M.Karlovic 26+6reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 22+7reb+3ast, H.Puljko 19+5reb+4ast, M.Kolovrat 8+4reb, M.Kljaic 7+1ast, P.Zivkovic 7+1reb
gschID: 233148
  




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Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1 Kumanovo 5-2 
 2 Beroe 4-2 
 3 Teodo Tivat 3-3 
 4 Bashkimi 3-4 
 5 Sigal Prishtina 2-2 
 6 Kozuv 1-5 
Group B
 1 Sutjeska 4-2 
 2 Feni Industries 4-2 
 3 Peja 3-1 
 4 SK Tirana 3-4 
 5 Trepca 2-4 
 6 Karpos Sokoli 2-5 
Full Standings
Points Per Game
 Eric PALM
  
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Palm, Bashkimi22.3 
 2. Johnson, Bashkimi20.0 
 3. Gibson, Beroe20.0 
 4. McNeaill, Kozuv19.8 
 5. Abramovic, Kozuv19.3 
 6. Marojevic, Teodo T.18.2 
 7. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.17.1 
 8. Mijatovic, Kuman.17.0 
 9. Mijovic, Kozuv16.5 
 10. Nikolovski, Feni16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Endrit HYSENAGOLLI
  
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.9.3 
 2. Rhett, Sigal P.9.0 
 3. Jazvin, Bashkimi9.0 
 4. Shima, SK Tirana7.6 
 5. Nikolovski, Feni I.7.0 
 6. Janevski, Kumanovo7.0 
 7. Djurkovic, Sutjeska7.0 
 8. Mijovic, Kozuv7.0 
 9. Gajovic, Sutjeska6.8 
 10. Johnson, Bashkimi6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Cameron RUNDLES
  
  (188-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Rundles, Peja6.7 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv6.2 
 3. Stanojevic, Teodo6.2 
 4. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.8 
 5. Aleksiev, Beroe4.7 
 6. Mavra, Karpos S.4.3 
 7. Lawrence, Sigal P.4.3 
 8. Kostovski, Kuman.4.2 
 9. Johnson, Bashkimi4.0 
 10. Petrovski, Feni I.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Drilon HAJRIZI
  
  (203-F-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hajrizi, Sigal P.2.7 
 2. Hinds, Sigal P.2.3 
 3. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.3 
 4. McNeaill, Kozuv2.0 
 5. Abramovic, Kozuv2.0 
 6. Labovic, Karpos S.1.8 
 7. James, Sutjeska1.7 
 8. Gajovic, Sutjeska1.7 
 9. Stanojevic, Teodo1.7 
 10. Djurisic, Teodo T.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Jones, Beroe1.2 
 2. Dickerson, Bashkimi1.0 
 3. Kusovac, Teodo T.1.0 
 4. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.0 
 5. Reed, Peja0.8 
 6. Ivshyn, Peja0.8 
 7. Rhett, Sigal P.0.8 
 8. Sajin, Teodo Tivat0.7 
 9. Marojevic, Teodo T.0.5 
 10. Vujovic, Sutjeska0.5 
Player of the week

 Eric Palm
  Bashkimi
  (188-G-85)
  
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