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SK Tirana 56% Oct.25 Bashkimi
Ibar Rozaje 50% Oct.25 Rilski
Kumanovo Oct.25 Akademik PL 76%
Levski 2014 Oct.24 Blokotehna 75% Interview with Nate Bowie - Jan 13, 2015

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Nate Bowie
Veteran point guard Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) takes the next step in his career journey, signing for the rest of the 2014-15 season to play for Sigal Prishtina in Kosovo. A club with a long tradition of winning, they currently sit tied at first in the standings with a 13-1 record. In addition, they compete in the BIBL Balkan league this season and have a 4-2 record. Bowie, an explosive scorer and playmaker, took some time to talk about his journey and expectations for the rest of the season with Sigal Prishtina.

Q.How did the opportunity to sign with Sigal Prishtina come about?

A. The opportunity sort of just feel in my lap so to speak. I had some offers through the break to play in other countries but I wanted to stay either in a good solid league and or
to play internationally which means Balkan League, EuroChallenge, Adriatic League or VTB for example.

Q.What have you had a chance to learn about the club, Kosovo and the Balkan League?

A.Well I'm a basketball guru anybody can tell you that. During my free time you can find me watching KBL, Germany League just what ever is on tv pertaining to basketball I watch. So I watched some games of my team already before I got here. I know that the team has a long history of winning ways. So I will just do whatever it takes for the team to win. Balkan League I know a lot about. I had many friends play for previous champs in the league. So I did my research on it

Q.What does it mean for you to now play in a European league like the BIBL Balkan League, where you will face off from clubs from Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro, etc...

A.Well it basically just present another good challenge in my life. I feel if you can maintain some sort of challenge during life then everything won't be a cake walk. So for me to have the opportunity to play in BIBL is once again huge for my career. Each and every country best teams participates in the BIBL around this region so it will be exciting to play.

Q.You began this season in Greece with Aries Trikalla BC. How did playing in Greece compare to some of the other stops you have made during your career, say Ukraine or Portugal?

A.Greece is a solid league all around the board. Every league is different as far as coaching, talent and style of play. In Ukraine it was bigger guys and strong with participants from the VTB and Eurocup and Euroleague. So the level was pretty high and I liked it. Portugal was more of an up and down game and the league had many great import players predominantly African players. Greece has good legacy so we will call it. Players still come there because of the name and the basketball that Greece use to have when it was at it's biggest height in basketball years ago. Theirs still good team their participating in Euroleague and Eurocup. Sometimes the technicality and worried factor is a little bit redundant and can cause the lower level teams to fall if consistency is not installed early. I liked all those leagues.

Q.With the additions of two veterans in yourself and Desmon Farmer (196-F/G-81, college: USC), what expectations do you have for the team in the second half of the season?

A.Most important is to win in the Balkan League. I feel that with some extra additions added to the team; the team is a little bit deeper now, which we all know the deeper the team the better the team can be. I want to come home a champion again.

Q.What can the fans of Sigal Prishtina expect to see from Nate Bowie on the court?

A.Expect a player that will and has played with heart throughout his career. I will do everything in my power to help the team achieve their goals.

I would just like to also say that I appreciate this interview from one of my longtime friends at Eurobasket Surujh Roopnarine. It was an honor to do it and work with Eurobasket again. Always remember: to achieve ultimate greatness you have to be blind to your fears. Make a plan and stick to it and overtime when presented with a problem your never blink.
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Dwayne Benjamin claims Balkan League weekly honour - 6 days ago
American Dwayne Benjamin (201-F-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Blokotehna and that's him to receive a Player of the Week award for round 1. The 24-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds for Blokotehna in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team SK Tirana (#8, 0-1) with 32-point margin 100-68. Thanks to this victory Blokotehna moved-up to the 2nd position in Balkan League....   [read more]

Round 1: Kumanovo lose to Levski 2014 - 7 days ago
The Regular Season in Balkan League just started. The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of FYR Macedonian Kumanovo (0-1) in Sofia on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Bulgarian Levski 2014 (1-0) 85-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-25. But Kumanovo won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski 2014 made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Lev...   [read more]

Vladimir Brckov (ex Strumica) is a newcomer at Tirana - 16 days ago
Defending champion Sport Klub Tirana (Superliga) inked FYR Macedonian national member Vladimir Brckov (200-F-89, agency: BeoBasket). The 28-year old Small forward spent the previous season at KK Strumica (Prva Liga) where he averaged 9.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg in 18 games played. Brckov started the 2015-16 season at KK Kozuv AD Gevgelija where he played in two competitions. He averaged 11.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg in 29 games in Prva Liga, as well as 10.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.3apg in 14 games in...   [read more]

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S Standings
 1 Akademik PL 2-0 
 2 Blokotehna 2-0 
 3 Rilski 1-0 
 4 Levski 2014 1-1 
 5 Kumanovo 1-1 
 6 Bashkimi 0-1 
 7 Ibar Rozaje 0-2 
 8 SK Tirana 0-2 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  SK Ti.
  Avg: 33
 1. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.33.0 
 2. Benjamin, Bloko.25.0 
 3. Glavchev, Bloko.21.0 
 4. Karadzovski, Kuman.19.0 
 5. Simic, Ibar Rozaje19.0 
 6. Janevski, Kumanovo18.5 
 7. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje18.0 
 8. Veselinov, Levski18.0 
 9. Bachev, Akademik.17.0 
 10. Georgiev, Rilski17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9
 1. Benjamin, Bloko.9.0 
 2. Simeonov, Levski8.0 
 3. Maravic, Levski7.0 
 4. Mihaylov, Akademik.7.0 
 5. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.7.0 
 6. Veselinov, Levski6.5 
 7. Alipiev, Levski 20146.5 
 8. Abdul-Bassit, SK Ti.6.0 
 9. Johnson, Akademik.6.0 
 10. Georgiev, Rilski5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Filip SIMIC
  Ibar Rozaje
  Avg: 7
 1. Simic, Ibar Rozaje7.0 
 2. Mladenovic, Bloko.5.0 
 3. Mihaylov, Akademik.5.0 
 4. Shima, SK Tirana5.0 
 5. Wright, Rilski4.0 
 6. Georgiev, Rilski4.0 
 7. Karamfilov, Levski4.0 
 8. Umipig, Akademik.4.0 
 9. Karadzovski, Kuman.3.5 
 10. Janevski, Kumanovo3.0 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 5
 1. Glavchev, Bloko.5.0 
 2. Benjamin, Bloko.4.0 
 3. Mladenovic, Bloko.4.0 
 4. Bozov, Rilski2.0 
 5. Jeter, Rilski2.0 
 6. Karamfilov, Levski2.0 
 7. Shima, SK Tirana2.0 
 8. Georgiev, Rilski2.0 
 9. Kovac, Kumanovo2.0 
 10. Ramme, Kumanovo1.5 
Blocks Per Game
  SK Tirana
  Avg: 1
 1. Hasani, SK Tirana1.0 
 2. Benjamin, Bloko.1.0 
 3. Gjyzeli, SK Tirana1.0 
 4. Georgiev, Rilski1.0 
 5. Maravic, Levski0.5 
 6. Miljkovic, Kumanovo0.5 
 7. Ramme, Kumanovo0.5 
 8. Jeter, Rilski0.0 
 9. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.0.0 
 10. Simeonov, Levski0.0 

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