Eric Boateng top-scored with 18 points for GB, while Ben Gordon achieved 17 and Andrew Lawrence added 16. GB were in the lead by just nine points after three-quarters but had greater momentum and won comfortably against the top seeds in Group F.
Macedonia edged a high-scoring first quarter 30-28 but Gordon’s nine points and three assists, signalled his contribution was going to be greater than in the opening qualifying defeat by Hungary three days earlier.
GB went on to lead 50-43 at half-time as the visitors struggled with foul trouble and the loss of guard Damjan Stojanovski with a knee injury. Three-point baskets from Gordon and Kieron Achara put GB into a 12-point lead towards the end of the third quarter and when the pair repeated that, with another from Dan Clark, GB led 83-66. The victory was secured with two Boateng baskets that saw him record his highest score for his country.
GB’s next game is on Wednesday against Luxembourg, in London.