RUS vs MCD Dream11: Having lost the opening game, Russia will be targetting an immediate return to winning ways when they play Macedonia in EuroBasket qualification round-2 match at Perm, Molot Sports Hall on Sunday night (IST).
The 2007 EuroBasket champions came unstuck against the Italians in Napels, losing 83-64 in a rather surprising one-sided game. Italy now leads the Group B after that win, while Estonia are second, followed by Macedonia in third while Russia are propping up the table. Russia head-coach Sergei Bazarevich will be under no illusion that another negative result could threaten his own position with this team.
Macedonia also stared their EuroBasket qualification on a bad run after dropping the match 72-81 against Estonia, and the worse was that they lost at home. They are certainly the underdog in his game and it will be nothing short of a shock if they come out of this game with a win.
Teams: Russia and Macedonia
Venue: Perm, Molot Sports Hall
Match Timing: February 09, @ 11:00 PM
Russia vs Macedonia team news:
Russia: Russia are boosted by the addition star forward Vladislav Trushkin after his club team of Zenit Saint Petersburg allowed him to represent the country. It is worth noting that the EuroLeague is also in full function at the moment, and a lot of big tams haven’t released their players for this tournament.
But another Zenit Saint Petersburg player, in the shape of Andrei Zubkov, will not be playing due to a knock.
Russia announced cut short their preliminary 24-man roster to 12-man matchday roster for the opening game against Italy.
CSKA Moscow big-man Joel Bolomboy was declared fit to play and should be fine for this game.
Macedonia: The hosts have listed no player as “out” or “questionable” for this game.
Russia vs Macedonia starting five:
Russia: Vitaly Fridzon, Vladimir Ivlev, Ivan Strebkov, Dmitrii Kulagin, Pavel Antipov
Macedonia: Bojan Krstevski, Nenad Dimitrijevikj, Vojdan Stojanovksi, Damjan Stojanovski, Shayne Whittington
Grand League tips:
Russia: Dmitry Kulagin, Grigory Motovilov, Vitaliy Fridzon, Evgeny Baburin, Ivan Strebkov, Maxim Grigoriev, Pavel Antipov, Evgeny Valiev, Stanislav Ilnitsky, Vladislav Trushkin, Joel Bolomboy, Vladimir Ivlev
Macedonia: Bojan Krstevski, Marko Simonovski, Andrej Maslinko, Kristijan Nikolov, Stojan Gjuroski, Andrej Jakimovski, Vojdan Stojanovksi, Ljubomir Mladenovksi, Andrej Magdevski, Damjan Stojanovski, Nenad Dimitrijevikj, Shayne Whittington
RUS vs MCD Dream11 teams:
PG: Nenad Dimitrijevikj
SG: Stojanovski, Karasev, Strebkov
SF: Kulagin (SP)
PG: Nenad Dimitrijevikj, Nikolov
SF: Kulagin, Stojanovski (SP)