Experienced Montenegrin Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Lirija and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13. The 32-year old power forward had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Lirija in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Kozuv (10-3) 79-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Lirija is placed at 2nd position in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lirija will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. In the team's last game Radunovic had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lirija's top player in his first season with the team. Radunovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.0ppg), rebounds (4th best: 8.0rpg), assists (8th best: 2.7apg) and averages solid 66.1% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points) of Rabotnicki. Abukar impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Rabotnicki to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked ABA Strumica (#6, 5-8) 99-66. This victory allowed Rabotnicki to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Abukar is one of the most experienced players at Rabotnicki and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was American Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) of Kumanovo (#4). Lee-Ingram scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Kumanovo, leading his team to a 92-77 easy win against the lower-ranked Pelister Bitola (#8, 1-12). Kumanovo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Lee-Ingram has a very solid season. In 4 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 14.3ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Zarko Djuric (198-F-89) of Vardar - 27 points and 3 rebounds 5. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo - 13 points and 11 rebounds 6. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) of Feni Indistrija - 23 points and 8 rebounds 7. Darko Kostevski (86) of Vardar - 22 points and 3 rebounds 8. Slobodan Bozovic (207-C/F-79) of Kozuv - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Nikola Vukasovic (192-PG-91) of Pelister Bitola - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83) of Kozuv - 22 points and 5 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
BC Mega Leks (KLS) added to their roster 31-year old FYR Macedonian ex-international center Predrag Samardziski (215-110kg-86, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Mega Leks as he has played here before. Samardziski played last season at Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket in Turkish BSL league. In 21 games he had 4.4ppg and 5.0rpg. Samardziski also played that season for Mega Leks where in 7 Adriatic League games he recorded 10.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.0apg. The list of the past ach... [read more]
BC Mega Leks (KLS) added to their roster 31-year old FYR Macedonian ex-international center Predrag Samardziski (215-110kg-86, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Mega Leks as he has played here before. Samardziski played last season at Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket in Turkish BSL league. In 21 games he had 4.4ppg and 5.0rpg. Samardziski also played that season for Mega Leks where in 7 Adriatic League games he recorded 10.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.0apg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Samardziski won Macedonian League championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 3rd Team in 2015. Samardziski represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.1%, FT: 50.0%. Samardziski is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Serbia (Partizan, Crvena Zvezda and BC Partizan MT:S Beograd), Turkey (TED Kolejliler, Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi and Eskisehir Basket) and FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje). On Samardziski:
A very skilled player, with good fundamentals, who is very versatile on the court (rebounds, passes, shooting from inside and outside) and who is expected to a solid delivery in any occasion;.
Defending champions KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom decide to waive Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-PG-87) after not fulfilling team expectations in three months since joining the club. The 29-year old Ivorian-French point guard played 15 games for the Macedonian champions this season. In 10 games played in ABA Liga he managed 7.1ppg and 4.6apg, while in the Eurocup his averages where 5.0ppg and 3.6apg in 5 games. As a reminder the African joined KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in November on a monthly c... [read more]
Defending champions KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom decide to waive Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-PG-87) after not fulfilling team expectations in three months since joining the club. The 29-year old Ivorian-French point guard played 15 games for the Macedonian champions this season. In 10 games played in ABA Liga he managed 7.1ppg and 4.6apg, while in the Eurocup his averages where 5.0ppg and 3.6apg in 5 games. As a reminder the African joined KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in November on a monthly contract which was extended to the end of the season, however poor performances in the last few games has pushed the Macedonian side to seek for another playmaker for the last, key remaining games in ABA Liga where Ante Nazor (agency: XL Basketball Agency )'s crew will fight for survival.
The saga in the Macedonian side continues as Diabate is the fifth waived player this season and the list continues with two changes in the head coach position.
Marques Green selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing FYR Macedonian players, who play currently abroad. Cedi Osman (204-F-95)to a victory against the seventh-ranked Galatasaray in the Turkish BSL 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 experienced former international point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). Green led Scandone AV to a victory over the 13th-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (6-9) 79-69 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday.
He was MVP of the game. Green scored 14 points and added 4 assists.
Scandone Avellino (11-4) is placed third in the Serie A.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This season Green averages: 8.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.3apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 49.2%(31-63) and FT: 94.1%(16-17).
He is a naturalized American.
Green played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team seven years ago.
Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.
#2. Second place goes to former international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Spain). McCalebb was the main contributor in a Gran Canaria's victory against the tenth-ranked RETAbet BB (6-8) 82-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night.
He was the best player in that game. McCalebb recorded 12 points, 6 assists and 3 steals in 20 minutes.
Herbalife Gran Canaria (10-6) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
It's McCalebb's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(58-105), 3FGP: 23.8% and FT: 81.3% in 16 games he played so far.
McCalebb is a naturalized American.
He played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2015.
Apparently McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.
#3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Strasbourg IG (7-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Travis' very good performance the third-placed Strasbourg IG (7-5) was defeated 86-82 on the road by the lower-ranked Mega Leks (#6) in the group D of Basketball Champions League.
He was the second best scorer with 18 points.
There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Travis' overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 77.8%.
He is a naturalized American.
Travis is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.
#4. Point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Pitesti (9-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Pitesti was defeated 88-82 at home by the leading UBT Cluj Napoca.
Kostoski was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 assists.
Kostoski has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.0apg.
Kostoski is also FYR Macedonian national team player.
#5. Former international power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bo McCalebb and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game.
Hendrix managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria in a victory against the tenth-ranked RETAbet BB (6-8) 82-68.
He recorded 5 points in 8 minutes.
This year Hendrix's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg in 16 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Hendrix used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team
two years ago.
However he has never played in FYR Macedonia.
#6. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Sevilla's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (9-6) 76-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
Stojanovski recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (7-8) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This season Stojanovski has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.
#7. International center Marko Dujkovic (226-90, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for Metalac (4-8) in their game against Tamis (8-4) in the Serbian KLS.
Dujkovic scored 6 points and blocked 2 shots in 17 minutes.
Metalac lost 69-82 in Pancevo to the much higher-ranked (#5) Tamis.
It was Metalac's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
This year Dujkovic's total stats are: 4.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.8bpg in 12 games.
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.Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Turkey) led Anadolu Efes to a 3-point victory against the seventh-ranked Galatasaray (8-6) 80-77 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game.
He scored 14 points in 33 minutes.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (12-2) is placed second in the BSL.
It's Osman's fourth season with the team.
Osman has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg in 13 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.
#2.Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, currently plays in ABA League) led his Montenegrin team Mornar Bar to a victory over the closely-ranked Un.Olimpija (7-10) crushing them 93-70 in the ABA League last Sunday.
Pavic was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes.
KK Mornar Basket Bar (6-11) is placed eighth in the ABA League.
This year Pavic has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3bpg and 1.7spg in seven games.
#3.Dino Radoncic (202-F-99, currently plays in Spain). Radoncic could not help Real Madrid II (9-5) to beat Casvi (9-5).
He scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Real Madrid II (#5) was defeated 72-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Casvi (#4) in the Group B.
Radoncic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg.
Radoncic is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Montenegrin.
#4.Armin Musovic (192-PG-96, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB in a victory against the eighth-ranked Itzehoe (6-8) 76-68 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday.
He scored only one point and added 5 passes in 21 minutes.
Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (10-4) is placed second in North group.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Musovic has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.4apg in 14 games.
He has both FYR Macedonian and German nationalities.
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