BY: Manny Alvarez/JBA USA Writer
Skopje, Macedonia – Team JBA USA fell from behind quickly to start the game. Although they made a comeback, the 24 point deficit was too much to overcome.
The 12 game winning streak came to an end with a 129-122 loss to Rabotnicki KK on Wednesday evening at the Telecom Arena in Skopje, Macedonia
JBA USA (13-3) fell behind from the start and couldn’t get a lead the entire game after trailing 41-17 at the end of the first quarter thanks to 19 three pointers as a team for Rabotnicki.
JBA USA chipped away and left at halftime down 64-50 and even came back down by a point, but couldn’t pull ahead.
Curtis Hollis led JBA USA with 38 points and eight rebounds while Jordan Ray scored 27 points and dished out 20 assists.
LiAngelo Ball scored 34 points and took charge of the team in the second half, but the spark in the attempted comeback was from Harrison Rieger, who scored 11 points to go with his six boards as he hustled and kept Rabotnicki from extending the lead.
“We were down pretty big,” Rieger said. “We didn’t get off to a good start. It kind of frustrated me on the bench because I just want to help my team in anyway. When I came in, I knew I had to be a hustle guy and do everything I can to get rebounds and points. I just wanted to help my team and comeback. We fought tooth and nail, but in the end, it just didn’t work out.”
Dimitar Karadzovski led Rabotnicki with 26 points while Viktor Efremovski added 24 points and Marjan Janeski scored 23 points for Rabotnicki, which is the top team in Macedonia and also plays in the top division.
Chavdar Kostov scored 16 points for Rabotnicki, Bojan Krstevski scored 11 points and Kirill Nikolovski added nine points for Rabotnicki, which also won a National Championship last season, their 15th title in 25 years.
Deon Lyle scored 10 points to go with six rebounds while Melvin Davis grabbed six rebounds for Team JBA USA, as they head to Sofia, Bulgaria at the Universiada Hall to take on Academic Sofia on Friday November 16. Game time is set for 8:00 am EST.