MZT Skopje Airport celebrated in the eternal derby against Rabotnicki
Today within the 14th round in The first Macedonian basketball league in front of a great atmosphere in SC "Jane Sandanski" the eternal rivals met MZT Skopje Aerodrom и Workers. In the end, the current champion MZT triumphed with a result 91:87.
The hosts gained an advantage in the opening part of the match 15:10, and a little later a positive of "plus eight" (21:13). Rabotnicki's answer followed through Malešević, who scored 13 points to reduce the deficit to 20:23, and then took the lead with 24:23. A streak of 10 points by the "Metals" followed, in just over three minutes of the second quarter for the highest 33:24.
After Ware's triple, MZT also had a double-digit positive (36:25). But once again the visitors came back, now with five points in a row, and in 15 minutes of the derby, to get closer to 30:36. Another drop in the game of MZT followed, it punished Rabotnicki through Nottage and Soshkic and brought back the suspense again (39:41) at 01:44 min. before the end of the first half.
The guests from "Gradski Park" had a chance to reach an equal score. Bakoc missed two free throws, and immediately punished V. with a three-pointer. Stojanovski, Abu also guessed, for a new separation, now on 56:47 in 25 minutes. The guests once again gathered their strength for a one-digit minus, after three quarters it was 57:66.
In the last one, the champion played on the wings of Vojdan Stojanovski. After his new accurate attempt worth three points, the team from Aerodrom once again separated to a double-digit difference (73:63). But Rabotnicki was again finding a way to get back on the scoreboard, Nottage reduced the deficit (72:75), at 04:22 minutes to the end of the meeting.
Rabotnicki had a chance to make a complete turnaround, but in the decisive moments he did not make the free throws. First Nottage, then Forte, who with eight seconds to go was also half-hearted, and set up 87:89. The punishment came from V. Stojanovski, for victory, and defense of the first place in the table with a score (12-2).
He was the most efficient in the winning ranks В. Stojanovski with 26 points (five rebounds, four assists), Ware had 13 points, and so did Abu who recorded 11 rebounds. On the opposite side for the team from Gradski Park Nottage dominated with 31 points (six rebounds), while Forte recorded 23 points (eight rebounds, five assists).
First basketball league
Results, round 14
MZT Skopje Airport - Rabotnicki 91:87
Phoenix 2010 – Strumica 2022 85:71
Pelister – Naviko Academy FMP 81:67
Kozuv - Kumanovo 2009 94:76
Euro Nickel 2005 – Chair 2030 80:66
TFT - Gostivar 91:77
Table: MZT Skopje Airport 26 points, Pelister 25, TFT Mozart 23, Fenix 201 23, Euro Nickel 2005 23, Gostivar 23, Rabotnicki 21, Kozuv 20, Kumanovo 2009 17, Chair 2030 17, Naviko Academy FMP 17, Strumica 16
Next round (February 11)
Workers - Gostivar
Euro Nickel 2005 – TFT Mozart
Naviko Academy FMP - MZT Skopje Airport
Chair 2030 – Kozhuv
Strumica 2022 – Pelister
Kumanovo 2009 – Phoenix 2010