#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Fenerbahce Ulker's victory against the fourth-ranked Panathinaikos (2-2) 73-64 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game.
McCalebb recorded 13 points (made all of his six free throws) in a mere 17 minutes on the court.
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (3-2) is placed second in group A.
It's McCalebb's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 62.2%(23-37), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 83.3% in the five games he played so far.
McCalebb is a naturalized American.
He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (2-3) 84-71 in the Euroleague last Thursday.
Antic scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (3-2) is placed third in group C.
This season Antic averages: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 35.7%, 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 90.9%.
He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.
Antic is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.
#3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania. He could not help Lietuvos rytas (1-4) to beat Besiktas (3-2).
Samardziski scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes.
The fifth-placed Lietuvos rytas lost 67-73 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Besiktas in the group D of Euroleague.
This year Samardziski's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 4.0rpg in the five games.
He is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.
#4. Point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Cedevita (0-4) in their game against Olympiacos (3-2) in the Euroleague.
Green recorded 9 points and added 4 passes.
But Cedevita (#6) was edged 79-77 on the road by the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3) in the group C of Euroleague.
So far Cedevita lost all four games in the Regular Season.
Green's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.5apg and 1.8spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team
back in 2010. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.
#5. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to secure a victory for BC Donetsk (6-6) in their last game. Despite Stojanovski's good performance BC Donetsk lost 71-79 in Kyiv to the one of league's weakest teams (#13) BC Kyiv.
He scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 26 minutes.
It was BC Donetsk's third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Stojanovski has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg in the eight games.
He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.
#6. Point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marques Green. But that was another game of his team in Adriatic League which we would like to mention.
Ilievski contributed to a 2-point Cedevita's victory against the league leader Igokea (6-1) 78-76.
He recorded 6 points in 16 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cedevita Zagreb (5-2) is placed third in the Adriatic League.
This year Ilievski's total stats are: 3.3ppg and 1.1apg in the seven games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.
#7. Former U20 international power forward Bojan Krstevski (205-89, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kavala (0-4) in their game against Apollon Patras (1-3) in the Greek A1. Krstevski cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points.
The bottom-ranked Kavala was edged 80-79 in Patra by the higher-ranked Apollon s (#11).
So far Kavala lost all four games in the Regular Season.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Krstevski has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 5.3rpg.
He used to play for the FYR Macedonian U20 national team
three years ago.
The list of other players, who all have FYR Macedonian passport but never been selected to any of FYR Macedonian national teams:
#1.Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, currently plays in Iceland) led Stjarnan to a double overtime (!!!) victory against one of league's weakest teams Njardvik (1-4) 115-108 in the Icelandic Dominos League on Thursday night.
Zdravevski scored 15 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 4 steals.
Stjarnan (4-1) is placed second in the Dominos League.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Zdravevski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Stjarnan's roster.
He has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg.
Zdravevski has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Icelandic.
#2.Tomcho Sokolov (205-F/C-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, currently plays in Turkey) led Pi Koleji to a victory against the third-ranked Usak (4-1) 77-71 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Friday.
Sokolov scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Pi Koleji Ankara (3-2) is placed tenth in the TB2L.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Sokolov has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2apg.
#3.Cedi Osman (195-SG-95, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) could not help Pertevniyal (2-3) to beat Gelisim (3-2).
He scored 8 points in 29 minutes.
Pertevniyal lost 66-75 on the road to the higher-ranked (#8) Gelisim.
It was Pertevniyal's third consecutive loss in a row.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
Osman has reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg and 2.0rpg in the five games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.
Despite Osman's FYR Macedonian nationality, he currently plays for the Turkish U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.
#4.Pance Ilievski (186-G-81, currently plays in Iceland) was not able to help KFI (0-0) in their game against Thor Thorl (3-2) in the Icelandic Dominos League.
Ilievski scored 7 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes.
KFI was crushed 128-84 at home by the lower-ranked (#5) Thor Thorl.
Ilievski has been at the team for six years.
He has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg in the six games.
Prva Liga Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Kozuv become the second finalists - May 18, 2013
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Kozuv - Rabotnicki 78-72
Kozuv shot down Rabotnicki at home court and joined MZT Skopje in Prva Liga Finals. Fersped-Rabotnicki trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 25-11 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 72-78 at the end of the game. Kozuv made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Fersped-Rabotnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities [read more]
Kozuv shot down Rabotnicki at home court and joined MZT Skopje in Prva Liga Finals. Fersped-Rabotnicki trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 25-11 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 72-78 at the end of the game. Kozuv made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Fersped-Rabotnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. Center Aleksandar Shterjov (208-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) helped adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Kozuv players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) with 20 points and 4 assists and American-Somalian forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Top scorers: Kozuv: I.Mijajlovic 19+4reb+3ast, D.Radulovic 13+2ast, A.Shterjov 12+7reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 12+4reb+2ast, D.Karadzovski 8+4ast, V.Filipovic 6+2reb Rabotnicki: J.Sharper 20+4reb+4ast, M.Abukar 16+6reb+1ast, N.Zivcevic 13+5reb+1ast, N.Jelesijevic 6+2reb, J.Petrovski 6+2reb+4ast, S.Avramovski 5+2reb+1ast
Prva Liga Round 2 of Semi-Finals. MZT Skopje advance into Final - May 14, 2013
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Rabotnicki - Kozuv 95-87
Rabotnicki shot down Kozuv and cut the deficit in the series. Kozuv trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 29-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 87-95 at the end of the game. Fersped-Rabotnicki made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Fersped-Rabotnicki especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62 [read more]
Rabotnicki shot down Kozuv and cut the deficit in the series. Kozuv trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 29-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 87-95 at the end of the game. Fersped-Rabotnicki made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Fersped-Rabotnicki especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. 27 personal fouls committed by Kozuv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 20 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. The former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Kozuv: D.Karadzovski 16+2reb+4ast, V.Filipovic 15+2ast, S.Bozovic 14+6reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 13+1reb+1ast, I.Mijajlovic 10+1reb+2ast, P.Blazevski 9+3reb+1ast Rabotnicki: J.Sharper 20+3reb+2ast, N.Zivcevic 16+6reb+5ast, M.Abukar 15+2reb+3ast, J.Petrovski 11+2reb+2ast, N.Jelesijevic 8+2reb+1ast, A.Dimitrovski 8+2reb+2ast
MZT Skopje upset Feni Indistrija on the road to sweep the semifinal series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Feni Indistrija won fourth quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MZT Skopje made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Feni Indistrija was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Cade Davis (197-88, college: Oklahoma) notched 28 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and international center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Even 17 points and 4 assists by the former international guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) did not help to save the game for Feni Indistrija. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 18 points for the hosts. Top scorers: Feni Indistrija: B.Trajkovski 18+4reb, D.Sokolov 17+4reb+4ast, V.Brckov 15+4reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 9+2reb+1ast, H.Kamp 7+6reb+3ast, N.Vucurovic 6+2reb+1ast MZT Skopje: C.Davis 28+6reb, T.Gecevski 20+10reb+1ast, D.Stojanovski 17+4reb+2ast, D.Noa 7+3reb+2ast, G.Cekovski 6+3reb+2ast, B.Bakic 4+3reb+6ast
Pero Antic wins EuroLeague title with Olympiacos - May 13, 2013
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Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) wins EuroLeague title with Olympiacos as his Greek side celebrated the second straight EuroLeague title. They outgunned Real Madrid in an exciting clash at O2 Arena in London. Vassilis Spanoulis came up with 22 points to pace the Hellenes to the historic success. The Reds entered the EuroLeague Final Four as underdogs but proved a tough nut to crack edging big time favourites CSKA in the semis and then Real Madrid in the Final [read more]
Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) wins EuroLeague title with Olympiacos as his Greek side celebrated the second straight EuroLeague title. They outgunned Real Madrid in an exciting clash at O2 Arena in London. Vassilis Spanoulis came up with 22 points to pace the Hellenes to the historic success. The Reds entered the EuroLeague Final Four as underdogs but proved a tough nut to crack edging big time favourites CSKA in the semis and then Real Madrid in the Final. Real Madrid looked dominant at every end of the floor in the opening quarter. The Spanish team got to a flying start building a 27:10 lead after ten minutes. But Olympiacos once again showed their character. They opened the second frame on a 12:2 rally. Sloukas capped the first half with three points to put Olympiacos within 4 points 37:41. Vassilis Spanoulis drained back-to-back three-pointers early in the third term to give the Reds a 45:43 lead. Kyle Hines and Acie Law made it 52:46 for Olympiacos midway through the third term. Real however did not allow the Reds to pull away entering the fourth frame all tied at 61. The Greek team opened the fourth frame on a 9:1 run to ensure a 70:62 advantage. Marcus Slaughter received a technical foul midway through the period and Olympiacos punished Real with a 6:0 run to extend the lead to 14 points 84:70. Sergio Rodriguez dragged the Madrid outfit within 8 points 79:87 but Vassilis Spanoulis reacted with a timely three-pointer and Olympiacos cruised to the victory from there on. Acie Law provided 20 points, while Kyle Hines netted 12 points for the winners and Pero Antic netted 10. Rudy Fernandez responded with 21 points for Real Madrid. Sergio Rodriguez added 17 points in the loss.
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