The Slovak basketball representatives recorded their second loss in the D-group of the ME 2025 pre-qualification. On Sunday, they lost in Skopje to their home country, North Macedonia, 75:79.
Not even 18 points from Jakub Mokráň, who was the best scorer of the Slovak team, helped the guests. Coach Aramis Naglič’s team is in third place in the D-group table with a record of two losses.
After the double match in August, the next matches await them in November, first they will play at home against Denmark (November 10) and then travel to Norway (November 13).
North Macedonia – SLOVAKIA 79:75 (40:46)
North Macedonia’s most points: Dimitrijevič 20, Jakimovski and Stojanovski each 15 – line-up and points SR: Mokráň 18, Körner 17, Jones 11, Ihring 9, Volárik 2 (Abrhám 13, Krajčovič 3, Fusek 2)
TH: 19/13 – 11/6, fouls: 19 – 21, three-pointers: 10 – 11, quarters: 19:26, 21:20, 19:17, 20:12, referees: Stoica (Romania), Yalmanová (Tur. ), Deman (Fr.)
The home team started with a three-point fire, but the Slovak selection did not lose its temper. Mokráň was officiating in the visiting jersey, he took care of 8 of Slovakia’s 10 points in the beginning. All in all, coach Aramis Naglič’s players showed a diametrically different performance compared to the duel against Norway.
They played with ease, punishing the opponent’s mistakes with quick counterattacks and points from the space under the basket. Overall, it was a relatively offensive first quarter, which suited the Slovak team better. The gained self-confidence was also reflected in the score, the Slovaks won the opening 10-minute period 26:19.Read more The basketball players lost at the beginning of the pre-qualification. They were trained by the Norwegians
In the second part, the good game of the guests continued, even in the 5th minute they had the first double-digit lead in the match (36:26). However, the mistakes from the meeting with Norway were repeated, especially the indiscipline that allowed North Macedonia to reduce the deficit. However, the guests relied on a collective performance, Abrhám and Jones gradually added points to Mokráň. Slovakia could have gone to the halftime break more satisfied, when it led 46:40.
In the third quarter, the confidence of the Slovak side continued, they again managed to jump to a double-digit lead, this time Körner took the initiative. However, North Macedonia did not lay down its arms and step by step reduced the deficit.
At one point, the difference was in the form of one attack, but the Slovakian side always came with a point answer. Mokráň joined Körner again, so the scoreboard read 63:59 after 30 minutes of clean time from the Slovak point of view.
In the final part, the expected pressure came from the home side, but the Slovaks stubbornly resisted it. When it was necessary, they scored points and for long moments did not allow a scenario with the loss of a well-played duel.
The important moment came 3 and a half minutes before the end, Jakimovský’s triple put the home team in the lead after a long time. From this moment on, North Macedonia dictated the pace, together with the massive audience support, they did not allow the Slovaks to take the lead until the very end.
Norway – Denmark 99:75 (57:44)
Most points: Frey 26, Ndiaye 19, Mjoes 17 – Lundberg 16, Bonde 15, Larsen 11
Source: Pravda – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.
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