Basketball: Slovakia wasn’t even enough for North Macedonia in pre-qualification

SHOVEL. The Slovakian 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.

Less than 18 points from Jakub Mokráň, the best goalscorer of the Slovakian team, helped the guests. The team of coach Aramis Naglič is in third place in the D group with a record of two defeats.

The next two games await them in November, first playing at home against Denmark (November 10) and then traveling to Norway (November 13).

Race course: North Macedonia – Slovakia

I. half:

The home team started with a three-point fire, but the Slovakian selection did not lose its patience. Mokráň rode in the visiting jersey, taking care of 8 of Slovakia’s 10 points at the beginning.

All in all, the players of coach Aramis Naglič showed a diametrically different performance than in the game against Norway. They played with ease and punished the opponent’s mistakes with quick counterattacks and points from the space below the basket.

All in all, it was a relatively offensive first quarter, which suited the Slovakian team better. The confidence gained was also reflected in the score, the Slovaks won the opening time of 10 minutes with 26:19.

In the second part the good play of the guests continued, even in the 5th minute they had the first double digit lead in the game (36:26). However, the mistakes of 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 into halftime more satisfied, when it led 46:40.

II. peace:

Even in the third quarter, confidence from the Slovakian side continued, they again managed to jump to a double-digit lead, mainly thanks to Körner.

However, North Macedonia did not lay down its arms and gradually reduced the deficit. At one point, the difference was in the form of one attack, but the Slovakian side always came up with a point response.

Mokráň rejoined Körner, so the scoreboard was 63:59 after 30 minutes of clean time from Slovakia’s point of view. In the final piece, the expected pressure from the home team came, but the Slovaks stubbornly resisted it.

When it was necessary, they scored points and for long moments they did not allow a scenario with the loss of a well played game. The important moment came 3 and a half minutes before the end, a triple by Jakimovský gave the home team the lead after a long time.

From this point on, North Macedonia dictated the pace, along with the massive support of the public, they did not let the Slovaks take the lead until the end.

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