KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje (Prva Liga) landed 28-year old shooting guard Ivan Jelenic (192-90kg-85, agency: BeoExcell). He started the season at BC Timisoara in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 16 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg this season. Jelenic also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 7.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.2apg. The last season he played at Mornar Bar (1A) in Montenegrin league. In 28 games he had 12.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Guard of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Jelenic also played 12 games in Balkan League where he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.1ppg and recorded 2.0rpg and 2.8apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team. Jelenic played in the final of Montenegrin League in 2011. He has played previously professionally in Greece (Xanthi) and Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas, Prva Petoletka Trstenik and Radnicki Kragujevac).
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
Pero Antic selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - May 20, 2013
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing FYR Macedonian players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket). He contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Real Madrid in the Euroleague in Sunday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing FYR Macedonian players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Real Madrid (10-4) 100-88 in the Euroleague in Sunday night's game.
Antic recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court.
It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group F. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (9-5) is placed second.
This year Antic averages: 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 26.1% and FT: 65.9% in the 31 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. Despite McCalebb's good performance Fenerbahce Ulker lost 68-74 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Karsiyaka.
He was the second best scorer with 12 points. McCalebb also added 4 assists and 4 steals in 22 minutes.
McCalebb is ranked fifth on the list of the most steals in the league with 1.6spg.
This year his other stats are: 13.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 55.4%(92-166), 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 84.0% in the 24 games.
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 former international point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). He led Armani Milano to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Montepaschi Siena (18-12) 81-79 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday.
Green scored 11 points and added 3 passes in 31 minutes.
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (19-11) is placed fourth in the SerieA.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Green belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 4.5apg.
This year he also averages: 7.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 48.7%(38-78) and FT: 82.4% in the 22 games.
Green is a naturalized American.
He played for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago.
Apparently Green has never played in FYR Macedonia.
#4. An experienced point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Croatia) was not able to help Cedevita (11-3) in their game against Cibona (12-2) in the Croatian A1.
He scored 6 points and added 4 passes.
The third-placed Cedevita was edged 85-84 in a derby game by the leading Cibona in the Places 1-8 group.
They ended the series of five consecutive victories.
Ilievski's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
It's Ilievski's first season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 5.4ppg and 2.3apg.
Ilievski is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian.
He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.
The list of other players, who all have FYR Macedonian passport but never been selected to any of FYR Macedonian national teams:
#1.Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Gravelines-Dunkerque (21-9) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Gravelines-Dunkerque was defeated in an overtime 101-95 on the road by the much lower-ranked JSF Nanterre (#8).
Winston was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 steals.
Winston has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Winston has never played in FYR Macedonia.
#2.Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA was not able to help Le Mans (16-14) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Le Mans was badly defeated 69-52 in Villeurbanne by the higher-ranked ASVEL Lyon- Basket (#3).
Washington was the top scorer with 19 points.
Washington is currently second on the list of most steals.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Washington averages: 15.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.8apg and 2.0spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Washington has never played in FYR Macedonia.
Other top FYR Macedonian players, who play abroad:
Prva Liga Round 1 of Finals. MZT Skopje grab the lead - May 19, 2013
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MZT Skopje - Kozuv 73-57
MZT Skopje outgunned Kozuv in the opening game of the championship series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. MZT Skopje outrebounded Kozuv 37-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. American swingman Cade Davis (197-88, college: Oklahoma) stepped up and scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds [read more]
MZT Skopje outgunned Kozuv in the opening game of the championship series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. MZT Skopje outrebounded Kozuv 37-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. American swingman Cade Davis (197-88, college: Oklahoma) stepped up and scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 9 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Zlatko Gocevski (206-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 8 points. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: MZT Skopje: D.Noa 18+3reb, D.Stojanovski 16+6reb+1ast, C.Davis 15+6reb+4ast, T.Gecevski 11+8reb+1ast, G.Cekovski 5+4reb+1ast, N.Otasevic 3+1reb+2ast Kozuv: D.Karadzovski 11+1reb, K.Pavlovski 9+5reb+1ast, Z.Gocevski 8+4reb+3ast, M.Pekovic 7+4reb+1ast, P.Blazevski 5+1reb+1ast, V.Filipovic 5+2reb
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