After a promising start winning their first four games at the 2011 EuroBasket, San Antonio Spurs affiliate Erazem Lorbek and the Slovenian national team have dropped their third straight game in the tournament, losing a 68-59 decision against Macedonia.
The game was pretty close all throughout, but Macedonia always end up with the upper hand in each of the first three quarters that proved to be the difference.
Macedonia finished the first quarter with a 20-16 lead over Slovenia and worked hard to protect it.
The Macedonians won the second quarter, 19-15 to stretch their advantage to 39-31 at halftime.
In the third quarter, both teams struggled to score. However, Macedonia still managed to build on their lead, winning the period 15-11 and led 54-42, going into the final quarter.
Slovenia outscored Macedonia, 17-14 in the fourth quarter but it was enough to stage a serious comeback as Macedonia held on for the win.
Macedonia improved their record to 6-1 after seven games in the tournament while the Slovenians fell to 4-2.
Point guard Lester Mekkaleb led Macedonia with 19 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Goran Dragic had a game-high 20 points for Slovenia.
Lorbek added four points, four rebounds and one assists in 24 minutes of action for the Slovenians.
Lorbek and Slovenia will return back to action against Finland on Monday at 15:30 (GMT +3) in Vilnius.