EUROBASKET 2015 2ND QR
|Bojan Trajkovski was devastating from downtown for F.Y.R. of Macedonia|
F.Y.R. Of Macedonia were laser-sharp from beyond the three-point arc on Sunday and picked up their third win in as many games in Group D of the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round, 81-70 away at Belarus.
The visitors hit 16 three-point shots on Sunday, more than any other team in a single game so far in the 2nd Qualifying Round, in just 31 attempts (51.6% three-point conversion rate).
Bojan Trajkovski led by example as he sunk the first of his four triples in the clash only seconds after tip-off and F.Y.R. Of Macedonia drilled another five shots from downtown in the opening quarter to race to a 28-14 lead at the first buzzer.
F.Y.R. Of Macedonia struggled temporarily in the second frame, when their shooting was anything but sharp, and Belarus took advantage to charge back and push ahead 38-36 just before the half-time interval.
The two sides exchanged blows for most of the third quarter but, fittingly, the visitors resolved the clash from long range as Vojdan Stojanovski tied the scored at 50 with a triple 2:49 from the third buzzer and then Marko Simonovski followed his example and sunk back-to-back threes, to propel the visitors to a 59-52 lead going into the final frame.
Darko Sokolov, with yet another triple 5:34 from the final buzzer sparked an 8-0 mini-run for the visitors that restored a double-digit gap, 74-63, and effectively ended the contest.
Five F.Y.R. Of Macedonia players scored in double digits as Trajkovski finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, Aleksandar Kostoski added 15 points and Richard Hendriks collected a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Vitali Liutych had 17 points and Kiryl Sitnik added 15 for Belarus in defeat.