Venue: Avtokomanda in Skopje. Referees: Mihajlo and Metodija Ilievski. Controller: Dragan Nachevski

HC ALKALOID: Galevski, Trajkovski, Djonov 5, Petrov 1, Markoski, Mladenovikj, Serafimov 8, Karasmanakis, Stojkovic 2, M. Mitev 7, Velkovski, Omeragikj, Bingo 2, D. Mitev, Savrevski 1, Dimovski

Seven-meter throws: 3/7 Suspensions: 8 min.

CHC TIKVESH: Gemaljevic, Velkov, Anastasovski 1, Mijatovic 1, Temelkoski, Sokolov, Bakev, Stefanovic 2, Manaskov 6, Okardov, Shuleski 1, Kocev, Simic 6, Majic 1, Gacevic 1, Obina 6

Seven-meter throws: 6/7 Suspensions: 6 min.

Even after the conclusion of the second round, HC Alkaloid remains at the top of the Playoff table. In a closely contested derby against CHC Tikvesh at Avtokomanda, our team clinched a narrow victory with a score of 26-25, earning three valuable points.

Unfortunately, coach Kiril Lazarov had to manage without captain Igor Gjorgiev during this match. There was a positive development for the team, however, as picker Kostadin Petrov made a comeback after an extended period of being sidelined due to injury.

The game started with an even score (6-6), but then the visiting team capitalized on our errors, embarking on a 4-0 run to take a 10-6 lead. They held onto this lead until the 24th minute (12-8). However, our team started to tighten its defense as expected, receiving a boost from goalkeeper Blagojche Trajkovski. This shift in momentum changed the course of the game, allowing HC Alkaloid to go on a 6-0 streak and head into halftime with a two-goal advantage (14-12).

The strong performance persisted in the initial ten minutes of the second half, during which we maintained a lead of up to five goals (18-13).

The flow of the game was disrupted, however, by an exclusion and several missed chances, allowing the visiting team to narrow the gap to two goals (19-21), and subsequently to just one. By the 53rd minute, the score was tied at 23-23.

HC Alkaloid kept their focus and continued scoring until the end of the match. In the last attacking move by the visitors, our defense held strong, forcing them to take a shot, which was saved by our goalkeeper, securing our victory.

In the upcoming two rounds, HC Alkaloid will be competing in away matches. They will face Struga in the first match, followed by an away game against GHC Ohrid.