Macedonia national basketball team

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Macedonia Republic of Macedonia Македонија
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FIBA ranking 33 Increase14[1]
Joined FIBA 1993
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Basketball Federation of Macedonia
Coach Aleksandar Džikić
Nickname(s) Лавови (Lions)
Црвено-Жолти (Red-Yellows)
Фаланга (Phalanx)
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 4 (1999, 2009, 2011, 2013)
Uniforms
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Macedonia basketball team prior to a match at Boris Trajkovski Sports Center

The Macedonian national basketball team (Macedonian: Кошаркарска репрезентациjа на Македониjа / Košarkarska reprezentacija na Makedonija) represents the Republic of Macedonia in international basketball. It competes in FIBA tournaments as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, often abbreviated to F.Y.R. of Macedonia.[2] The Macedonian national basketball team is run by the Basketball Federation of Macedonia, the governing body of basketball in Macedonia, which was created in 1992 and joined FIBA in 1993. Prior to 1993, Macedonia was part of the Yugoslavia national basketball team.

2013 EuroBasket roster[edit]

Macedonian National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club
PG 4 Kostoski, Aleksandar 26 – (1988-03-05)5 March 1988 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) KK MZT Skopje
SG 5 Ilievski, Vlado 34 – (1980-01-19)19 January 1980 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) ČEZ Nymburk
PG 6 Sokolov, Darko 27 – (1986-05-08)8 May 1986 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) KK Rabotnički
PG 7 McCalebb, Bo 28 – (1985-05-04)4 May 1985 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Fenerbahçe Ülker
SF 8 Stojanovski, Vojdan 26 – (1987-12-09)9 December 1987 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Alba Berlin
SG 9 Stojanovski, Damjan 26 – (1987-12-09)9 December 1987 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) KK MZT Skopje
PF 10 Brčkov, Vladimir 24 – (1989-12-29)29 December 1989 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) KK Rabotnički
C 11 Gečevski, Todor 36 – (1977-08-28)28 August 1977 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) KK MZT Skopje
PF 12 Antić, Pero (C) 31 – (1982-07-29)29 July 1982 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Atlanta Hawks
SF 13 Gjuroski, Stojan 22 – (1991-11-06)6 November 1991 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Louisiana Tech University
PF 14 Čekovski, Gjorgji 34 – (1979-12-11)11 December 1979 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) KK MZT Skopje
C 15 Samardžiski, Predrag 27 – (1986-04-11)11 April 1986 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) Mersin BB
Head coach


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club field describes current pro club

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve
C Predrag Samardžiski Todor Gečevski
PF Pero Antić Gjorgji Čekovski Vladimir Brčkov
SF Vojdan Stojanovski Stojan Gjuroski
SG Damjan Stojanovski Vlado Ilievski
PG Bo McCalebb Darko Sokolov Aleksandar Kostoski

Macedonian Legends[edit]

History[edit]

Before 1993, Macedonian players represented the Yugoslav national basketball team in international basketball.

EuroBasket 1999[edit]

Macedonia basketball team at a time out during a match with Latvia.

After qualifying for EuroBasket 1999, the basketball team was placed in Group A, along with FR Yugoslavia, France and Israel. First game, Macedonia came out firing showing solid competitive play against the French Team, however, eventually lost by a narrow margin of 67–71. Next up, was Group A favorites FR Yugoslavia, showing superior play with their post up offense, Macedonia lost 68–83. With the final game of the group, Macedonia played a fairly even match, however, luck was not on their side, losing 82–84, henceforth, being eliminated from the tournament. Even though Macedonia lost all 3 games, the team showed heart and talent with their impressive play against France and Israel. Due to their small margin of the losses Macedonia ended the tournament ranked as 13th overall.

EuroBasket 2009[edit]

After qualifying for EuroBasket 2009, the Macedonian national basketball team was placed in Group A, along with Greece, Croatia and Israel. Macedonia began the tournament with a heavy 54–86 loss to rivals Greece, but rebounded with an 82–79 victory over Israel. Despite dropping their last game against Croatia, the Israel result was enough to secure second round qualification. In the second round, Macedonia was placed in Group E alongside France, Germany and Russia. Macedonia lost to France in the second round opener, but famously defeated Germany in the next game. Against Russia, Macedonia was narrowly defeated by a score of 69–71. This performance was not enough to secure a berth in the knockout round. Nevertheless, Macedonia considers this as a historic success for the national team, since it was only the country's second appearance in EuroBasket and the team advanced past the first round. In the final tournament rankings, Macedonia ranked 9th place with a record of 2–4.

EuroBasket 2011[edit]

Through the qualifying round, Macedonia qualified for EuroBasket 2011 and was in Group C along with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, and Finland in the preliminary round. The team lost their first game to Montenegro (65–70) in overtime but won the remaining four against Croatia (78–76), Greece (72–58), Finland (72–70), and Bosnia and Herzegovina (75–63). Macedonia finished first in the group and advanced to the second round.

In the second round, Macedonia was in Group F with Russia, Slovenia, Greece, Georgia, and Finland. Having beaten Greece and Finland in the preliminary round, Macedonia went into the second round with a 2–0 record. After beating Georgia (65–63), Macedonia qualified for the knockout round. The team then beat Slovenia (68–59), but lost to Russia by 2 points (63–61) after Sergey Monya made a buzzer-beating shot to win the final game of the second round. Macedonia, therefore, finished second in Group F.

For the first time in the team's history, it reached the knockout round where it defeated host country Lithuania (67–65) by 2 points in the quarterfinals. Macedonia then lost to Spain (92–80) in the semifinals. They lost to Russia in the third place game (68–72) and finished in fourth place.

2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament[edit]

By finishing in 4th place at EuroBasket 2011, Macedonia qualified for the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. It has been drawn into Group D along with Angola and New Zealand. In the first game against Angola, Macedonia came out non-aggressive in the 1st half falling to a 13 pt deficit (40–53) at halftime. During most of the match, the top Macedonian players showed fatigue due to the grueling playoff matches they had played for their club teams. In addition, Macedonia came out with a strong 4th quarter, eventually losing by a margin of 4 points, with the final score being 84–88 Angola. Top scorers for Macedonia against Angola were Antic with 17, and McCalebb had 21. On the next match day, which was the day after with less than 24 hours of rest, Macedonia came out a lot stronger in the 1st quarter with a strong lead that carried over the entire game. Eventually, New Zealand could not recover, and fell to Macedonia (Final score 84–62) by a margin of 22 points. Leading scorers for the game were Gecevski added 16, Antic had 17, and McCalebb with 23.

The Macedonian players got much needed rest, before the quarterfinals would begin in two days on 6 July. The team, following the 68–64 victory by New Zealand over Angola, won Group D and its opponent in the quarterfinals was to be the Group C runner-up, Dominican Republic. Macedonia lost the game 86–76, though the team had a 13-point lead at halftime.

EuroBasket 2013[edit]

By participating at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Macedonia has qualified for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia. In a disappointing campaign, the Macedonian national team didn't manage to repeat the success from the previous Eurobasket, having one victory in five matches in the Group B against Serbia (89–75), which was good enough only for the last place in the group stage and 21st overall. The first game of the Eurobasket against Montenegro was particularly demoralizing, as the Montenegrins won 81–80 in a controversial fashion, after the referees didn't call interference on the basket during Čekovski's last second game winning attempt, despite the fact that one of the Montenegrin players has gotten his hand trapped in the net.[3] Macedonia's best performers were once again McCalebb and Antić, with 17.6 and 13.8 points per game, respectively.[4] After the tournament, several of the Macedonian veteran players, led by captain Antić, announced their retirement from the national team.

Competitive record[edit]

For results before 1993, see Yugoslavia national basketball team.

Statistics[edit]

Most games played[edit]

Rank Name NT Career Games
1 Todor Gečevski 1996–2013 89
2 Vrbica Stefanov 1995–2009 66
3 Gjorgji Čekovski 1999 – 56
4 Pero Blaževski 1995–2009 54
5 Pero Antić 2002–2013 49
6 Predrag Samardžiski 2005 – 47
7 Petar Naumoski 1995–2002 42
8 Vlado Ilievski 1998–2013 42
9 Dušan Bočevski 1995–2001 40
10 Dejan Jovanovski 1995–2002 38

All time points scored[edit]

Rank Name NT Career Total Points
1 Petar Naumoski 1995–2002 989
2 Vrbica Stefanov 1995–2009 947
3 Todor Gečevski 1996–2013 891
4 Pero Antić 2002–2013 605
5 Bo McCalebb 2010 – 543
6 Vlado Ilievski 1998–2013 455
7 Dejan Jovanovski 1995–2002 394
8 Pero Blaževski 1995–2009 314
9 Dušan Bočevski 1995–2001 314
10 Gjorgji Čekovski 1999 – 286
  • * Active NT players are listed in bold
  • * Official FIBA games excluding Friendly games

Leader in points per game[edit]

Name PPG Competition
Petar Naumoski 29.4 FIBA EuroBasket 1997 qualification
Petar Naumoski 30.5 FIBA EuroBasket 1999 qualification
Petar Naumoski 15.0 EuroBasket 1999
Vrbica Stefanov 21.2 FIBA EuroBasket 2001 qualification
Petar Naumoski 19.3 FIBA EuroBasket 2003 qualification
Vrbica Stefanov / Pero Antić 15.2 FIBA EuroBasket 2005 Division B*
Vrbica Stefanov 19.0 FIBA EuroBasket 2007 qualification
Vrbica Stefanov 15.0 FIBA EuroBasket 2009 qualification
Pero Antić 12.5 FIBA EuroBasket 2009
Bo McCalebb 23.5 FIBA EuroBasket 2011 qualification
Bo McCalebb 21.4 FIBA EuroBasket 2011
Bo McCalebb 26.3 2012 Olympic Qualifying
Bo McCalebb 17.6 FIBA EuroBasket 2013
  • Only played 2005 season in Division B (won promotion)

Past rosters[edit]

As Macedonia

1999 Eurobasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

4 Vrbica Stefanov, 5 Vlado Ilievski, 6 Gjorgji Čekovski, 7 Mirza Kurtović, 8 Marjan Srbinoski, 9 Igor Mihajlovski, 10 Petar Naumoski, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Dejan Jovanovski, 13 Srđan Stanković, 14 Pero Blaževski, 15 Dušan Bocevski (Coach: Zare Markovski)

2009 Eurobasket: finished 9th among 16 teams

4 Vrbica Stefanov, 5 Dimitar Mirakovski, 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Riste Stefanov, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Pero Blaževski, 10 Dime Tasovski, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Pero Antić, 13 Damjan Stojanovski, 14 Jeremiah Massey, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Jovica Arsić)

2011 Eurobasket: finished 4th among 24 teams

4 Dimitar Mirakovski, 5 Vlado Ilievski, 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Bo McCalebb, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Damjan Stojanovski, 10 Marko Simonovski, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Pero Antic, 13 Ivica Dimčevski, 14 Gjorgji Čekovski, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Marin Dokuzovski)

2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament

4 Aleksandar Kostoski, 5 Vlado Ilievski. 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Bo McCalebb, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Damjan Stojanovski, 10 Marko Simonovski, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Pero Antić, 13 Kiril Nikolovski, 14 Gjorgji Čekovski, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Marjan Lazovski)

2013 Eurobasket: finished 21st among 24 teams

4 Aleksandar Kostoski, 5 Vlado Ilievski. 6 Darko Sokolov, 7 Bo McCalebb, 8 Vojdan Stojanovski, 9 Damjan Stojanovski, 10 Vladimir Brčkov, 11 Todor Gečevski, 12 Pero Antić, 13 Stojan Gjuroski, 14 Gjorgji Čekovski, 15 Predrag Samardžiski (Coach: Aleš Pipan)

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