First stage of the Macedonian top division for men is over. Feni Industri, MZT Skopje, Torus, Lirija, Rabotnicki and Kumanovo advanced to the second stage. Vardar, Kozuv and Strumica will fight for the survival. The second stage begins on Saturday.
MZT Skopje - Torus Skopje 72-63 Torus Skopje trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 23-18 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Torus Skopje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Noah Dahlman (200-89, college: Wofford) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded 16 points and 5 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Top scorers: Torus Skopje: D.Karadzovski 16+5reb+3ast, B.Trajkovski 14+3reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 12+10reb, I.Dimcevski 10+5reb, K.Bradley 4+1reb+1ast, J.Boswell 3+2reb MZT Skopje: N.Dahlman 17+7reb, T.Gecevski 16+5reb+3ast, I.Mijajlovic 15+4reb+4ast, N.Gajdadjiev 6+4reb+1ast, G.Cekovski 6+6reb, T.Grncarov 5+2reb+2ast
Feni Indistrija - Lirija 92-72 The game without a history. Feni Indistrija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Lirija 39-23 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for international swingman Marko Simonovski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) added 15 points in the effort for Lirija. Top scorers: Lirija: B.Radunovic 23+7reb+1ast, V.Filipovic 15+1reb+1ast, T.Simic 15+3reb+1ast, C.Morban 9+3reb+3ast, D.Tasovski 8+2reb+1ast, S.Avramovski 2+1reb Feni Indistrija: M.Simonovski 23+8reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 15+8reb+3ast, D.Sokolov 11+1ast, J.Frye 10+3reb+1ast, I.Lilov 8+1reb+2ast, P.Nikolov 7+3reb+4ast
Rabotnicki - Kozuv 78-70 Kozuv trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-78 at the end of the game. Fersped-Rabotnicki made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Strangely Kozuv outrebounded Fersped-Rabotnicki 34-19 including 23 on the defensive glass. Guard Enes Hadzibulic (196-81) scored 22 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin center Miko Golubovic (206-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 26 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Dusan Domovic (190-85) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Top scorers: Kozuv: M.Golubovic 26+6reb, D.Domovic 20+9reb+2ast, M.Bulic 8+3reb+1ast, V.Buha 6+4reb, P.Cvetkov 4, S.Hadzivasilev 2+3reb+1ast Rabotnicki: E.Hadzibulic 22+3reb+3ast, J.Petrovski 15+2reb+5ast, N.Jelesijevic 15+3reb+2ast, V.Zujovic 13+2ast, M.Pavlovic 7+4reb+2ast, U.Vasiljevic 4+1reb
Vardar - Kumanovo 74-85 The game was mostly controlled by Kumanovo 2009. Vardar managed to win third quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kumanovo 2009 won last quarter 22-12. Kumanovo 2009 forced 23 Vardar turnovers. International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (188-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 13 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Dejan Mikic (201-86) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. Five Kumanovo 2009 players scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Darko Kostevski with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Vladimir Georgievski (194-82) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Top scorers: Vardar: V.Georgievski 19+5reb+2ast, D.Kostevski 15+14reb+1ast, A.Stefanovski 14+4reb+2ast, A.Tasevski 9+2reb+6ast, D.Radulovic 7+1ast, P.Pajic 7+1reb+1ast Kumanovo: D.Matic 15+2reb+2ast, D.Mikic 14+6reb+2ast, A.Kostoski 13+3reb+9ast, U.Lukovic 11+8reb, M.Janjusevic 10+4reb+2ast, M.Janevski 6+4reb
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MZT Skopje signs Scott just out of college - 1 day ago
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KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) signed 23-year old American forward Josh Scott (208-112kg-93). He just graduated from Colorado (NCAA). Scott has played there for the last four years. In 32 games he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6bpg last season. Great year as he was named to All-Pac-12 1st Team, NABC All-District 20 2nd Team and Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League earlier this month. As mention... [read more]
KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) signed 23-year old American forward Josh Scott (208-112kg-93). He just graduated from Colorado (NCAA). Scott has played there for the last four years. In 32 games he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6bpg last season. Great year as he was named to All-Pac-12 1st Team, NABC All-District 20 2nd Team and Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League earlier this month. As mentioned above Scott is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. His team made it to the Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
Scandone Avellino keeps Green for another season - 2 days ago
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Scandone Avellino (Serie A) re-signed experienced 34-year old FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (165-80kg-82, college: St.Bonaventure). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Green played there last season. In 30 Serie A games he averaged 5.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.6apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Green played at TED Kolejliler (TBL) in TBL where in 21 games he had 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg,... [read more]
Scandone Avellino (Serie A) re-signed experienced 34-year old FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (165-80kg-82, college: St.Bonaventure). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Green played there last season. In 30 Serie A games he averaged 5.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.6apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Green played at TED Kolejliler (TBL) in TBL where in 21 games he had 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 8.9apg and 1.8spg. Among other achievements Green received Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention award back in 2011 and 2012. He also represented FYR Macedonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 six years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 6.5apg, 3.5spg. Green is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Cedevita), France (Sluc Nancy), Italy (VL Pesaro and Banco di Srd) and Turkey (Fenerbahce). Green attended St.Bonaventure University until 2004 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into His outlook:
True point guard. Any time you have a guard like that who controls the game, you're going to be in a lot of games. And he's as good as it gets. He's as good as advertised. I thought we did a pretty good job on him. We made him take some tough shots and he made those shots. Boy, he's quick. I knew he was quick, but I didn't realize he was that quick. He can go end to end as well as anyone.
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