Both team "won" one halftime, but crucial was second one when Vardar made complete reversal against Meshkov, for their eight victory in SEHA GSS league, 29-24 (14-15) and remained third on the table with 25 points, 13 more than Meshkov currently fifth.
Three new points for Vardar means another big step closer to Final Four tournament. Meshkov has to push much harder in next games if they want to stay in competition to repeat last season's success, place among the best four teams at the end of regular part of the season.
Meshkov continued to play with oscillations, just like whole season. During the first half guest from Belarus has several times managed to lead with Vardar players always finding way how to get back in game. Left back Dzimitry Kamyshyk and right back Robert Markotic were unstoppable, scoring 10 from teams 14 goals. Both finished game with eight goals, and realization 16/21.
In 46. minute Vardar led 23-20, first time with three goals. Meshkov didn't give up, tried to return with similar, but three minutes without a goal were simply too much for such a strong opponent.Weakest parts in both teams were goalkeepers. Strahinja Milic saved five balls, Petar Angelov two balls and one penalty for Vardar. Vitaly Charapenka had just two saves, and his teammate Ivan Pesic one more, three saves.
Meshkov continues tour, with game in Banja Luka versus Borac, and Vardar will end this year with another derby against city rival Metalurg, on December 17.
Andon Boskovski, Vardar's coach:
- First of all, I want to congratulate to my players for the win. As I said during pre game press conference, Meshkov is a team that has similar quality like Zagreb, Metalurg or Vardar. They also have very good coach, which I know very well, and I would like to mention that, they improved a lot since our last game. Probably the main reason that we were much better at the second half is, because they don’t have so much quality players at the bench. The first half we played with 10 players, we continued the second half with stronger defense, we knew how to realize our chances, that resulted with deserved win. Now we approach to Final Four tournament, and I‘m sure that Vardar will play there, even though we still have to qualify.
Miladin Kozlina, Vardar's player
I want to thank to everyone in Vardar, because I was impatient to play again. If we talk about the game, we made some mistakes during the first half, but at the second we played much stronger, and once that we found the right way, we have finished the game with confidence.
Robert Markotic, Meshkov's player :
- Congratulations to Vardar for the win that they deserved. We tried our best, but we only could play competitive during the first half. In the second half, we played with many mistakes, and that was decisive for the final result. I also want to congratulate my players, for playing good game tonight, and I hope that in the future we can improve a lot, and we expect much better results.
Zeljko Babic, Meshkov's coach:
- I also want to congratulate Vardar, they deserved to win. They were patient, consistent, and played with the same rhythm during the whole game. We played very well, but only partially. If you want to make a result against a team like Vardar, you must play the same level 60 minutes. And in the end, if you can not use advantage of extra player against such a good team like Vardar, then you lose the game.