Before charging the stands in the hall, "Youth" in Gostivar, Macedonian best selection, being prepared for presentation in Venezuela ,played a friendly game against the basketball combined team of the host city of spectacle.More than 2,000 spectators attended the match , and all funds collected from entrance fees paid by the organizer , will be donated to charity .Under the motto " Take heart , grant " , Macedonian National players have played a particularly interesting and attractive game against the combined composition of Gostivar , the pleasure of everyone who knew to make atmosphere of respect .Finally , Macedonian National Team, mainly composed of younger players, celebrated with the 72 - 61st. Within the ceremony ,NT players gave a convenient gift from MBF and the signed basketball , once again showing its big heart and his unstinting support to all humanitarian actions .
Prva Liga Round 3 of Finals. MZT Skopje claim third straight victory - May 24, 2013
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MZT Skopje - Kozuv 72-44
MZT Skopje rallied past Kozuv for the third straight win in the championship series. The game without a history. MZT Skopje led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Kozuv's 28. They outrebounded Kozuv 40-28 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds [read more]
MZT Skopje rallied past Kozuv for the third straight win in the championship series. The game without a history. MZT Skopje led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Kozuv's 28. They outrebounded Kozuv 40-28 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian guard Nikola Otasevic (184-82, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: MZT Skopje: G.Cekovski 27+6reb+1ast, N.Otasevic 13+6reb+2ast, C.Davis 10+5reb+2ast, D.Stojanovski 8+7reb+1ast, D.Noa 6+5reb+1ast, E.Bogoev 4+1reb+2ast Kozuv: I.Mijajlovic 13+1reb, S.Bozovic 12+6reb+1ast, Z.Gocevski 4, K.Pavlovski 4+1reb, M.Pekovic 3+4reb+4ast, A.Shterjov 2+2reb
Pero Antic selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - May 24, 2013
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of FYR Macedonians who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket). He contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the 12th-ranked Ilysiakos in the Greek A1 in Thursday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of FYR Macedonians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the 12th-ranked Ilysiakos (7-19) 81-70 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Thursday night's game.
Antic scored 8 points in 22 minutes on the court.
Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (25-1) is placed first in the A1.
It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Antic averages: 6.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(28-49), 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 70.2% in the 23 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.
Antic is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (24-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite McCalebb's good performance Fenerbahce Ulker was defeated 74-68 on the road by the lower-ranked Karsiyaka (#5).
He was the second best scorer with 12 points. McCalebb also added 4 assists and 4 steals.
McCalebb belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #5.
He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 55.7%(97-174), 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 81.2%.
McCalebb is a naturalized American.
He is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.
#3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Croatia). Ilievski contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked KK Zadar (11-3) crushing them 91-61 in the Croatian A1 in Wednesday night's game.
He scored 6 points and added 5 passes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-8. KK Cedevita Zagreb (11-3) is placed second.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Ilievski's first season with the team.
Ilievski's overall stats this year are: 5.5ppg, 2.5apg, 3FGP: 48.5%(16-33) and FT: 84.6%.
He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian.
Ilievski is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.
#4. Point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Armani Milano (19-11) in their game against Montepaschi Siena (18-12) in the Italian SerieA.
He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Armani Milano lost 66-72 in Siena to the lower-ranked (#5) Montepaschi.
Green belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5 with 4.3apg.
This year he also averages: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.4spg in the 24 games.
Green is a naturalized American.
He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team
back in 2010. Apparently Green has never played in FYR Macedonia.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has FYR Macedonian passport:
#1.Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in France) led Le Mans to a victory over the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (18-12) 63-55 in the French ProA on Thursday night.
He was MVP of the game. Washington scored 11 points in 30 minutes.
Le Mans Sarthe Basket (16-14) is placed sixth in the ProA.
Washington is currently second on the list of most steals with 2.0spg.
This year his other stats are: 15.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.8apg in the 14 games he played so far.
Washington is a naturalized American.
Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.
Other top FYR Macedonian players, who play abroad:
Prva Liga Round 2 of Finals. MZT Skopje earn second win in a row - May 21, 2013
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Kozuv - MZT Skopje 81-89
MZT Skopje celebrated the second straight win over Kozuv to clear off in the title series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kozuv won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening [read more]
MZT Skopje celebrated the second straight win over Kozuv to clear off in the title series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kozuv won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Cade Davis (197-88, college: Oklahoma) scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 17 points and 6 assists and Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Kozuv: M.Pekovic 17+4reb+6ast, S.Bozovic 13+4reb+1ast, I.Penov 11+2reb, D.Karadzovski 10+4reb+2ast, V.Filipovic 8+3reb, Z.Gocevski 7+2reb MZT Skopje: C.Davis 33+5reb+1ast, T.Gecevski 20+7reb+4ast, G.Cekovski 14+9reb+3ast, D.Stojanovski 12+5reb+2ast, B.Bakic 5+1reb+3ast, D.Noa 3+2reb+1ast
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