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Play-Off bracket
Round 3 of Second Stage - Mar 7, 2013


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Chavdar
Kostov
Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (#6) forced the game against Bulgarian Levski Sofia (#1) into an overtime, but lost by eight points 82-90 on Wednesday night. It was a great evening for Chavdar Kostov who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 assists. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Levski Sofia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group C with 5-2 record. Teodo Tivat lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost. Levski Sofia will face Kavala (#5) at home in the next round. Teodo Tivat will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 12 rebounds by Nikola Jeftic of OKK Beograd.


First Six
Rilski Sportist - Galil Gilboa 79-104

Rather expected game in Samokov where 4th placed Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (3-4) was crushed by second ranked Israeli Galil Gilboa (5-3) 104-79 on Thursday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Galil Gilboa dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski Sportist's 38. They outrebounded Rilski Sportist 46-29 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Shawn Taggart (207-85, college: Memphis) helped adding 17 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 15 points and 8 assists and American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) scored 15 points. Five Galil Gilboa and four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Galil Gilboa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group C with 5-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Levski Sofia. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Galil Gilboa will face bottom-ranked Teodo Tivat (#6) on the road in the next round. Rilski Sportist will play against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: R.Sanders 20+12reb+3ast, S.Taggart 17+10reb+1ast, J.Smith 17+3reb+2ast, M.Watt 14+11reb+2ast, N.Tishman 12+4reb+2ast, D.Yavzuri 7+2reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 15+2reb+8ast, T.Smith 15+4reb+2ast, H.Zahariev 14+3reb+2ast, A.Caloiaro 10+4reb, T.Gugino 8+5reb, B.Dupree 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 231543


Levski Sofia - Teodo Tivat 90-82 OT

Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (#6) forced the game against Bulgarian Levski Sofia (#1) into an overtime, but lost by eight points 82-90 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-21 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 8-point victory in overtime. Levski Sofia had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Teodo Tivat was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 assists. Pavel Ivanov (200-88) helped adding 21 points and 10 rebounds. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was point guard Marko Mijovic (188-87) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 assists and center Aleksandar Radulovic (207-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Levski Sofia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group C with 5-2 record. Teodo Tivat lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost. Levski Sofia will face Kavala (#5) at home in the next round. Teodo Tivat will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: C.Kostov 25+4reb+5ast, P.Ivanov 21+10reb+2ast, D.Anguelov 16+5reb+7ast, M.Marinovic 11+3reb+6ast, V.Petkov 6+2reb+1ast, N.Varbanov 6+11reb
Teodo Tivat: A.Radulovic 16+9reb, M.Mijovic 13+1reb+13ast, B.Boskovic 13+8reb+1ast, M.Johnson 11+3reb, I.Kunjic 11+3reb, S.Subotic 10+9reb+4ast
gschID: 231542


Kavala - Galil Gilboa 75-94

Rather predictable result when second ranked Israeli Galil Gilboa (5-3) smashed on the road 5th ranked Greek Kavala (3-5) 94-75 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Galil Gilboa. Kavala was better in third quarter 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Galil Gilboa dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kavala's 18. It was a great shooting night for Galil Gilboa especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) helped adding 15 points and 6 assists. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-American guard David Tairu (191-86, college: Texas Tech, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Scottish-Nigerian Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group C with 5-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Levski Sofia. Kavala lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Galil Gilboa will face bottom-ranked Teodo Tivat (#6) on the road in the next round. Kavala will play against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: Y.Green 18+3reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 15+3reb+3ast, J.Smith 15+2reb+6ast, A.Simhon 12+2reb+1ast, M.Watt 11+15reb+5ast, R.Sanders 11+6reb+2ast
Kavala: D.Tairu 19+7reb+2ast, K.Achara 13+8reb+1ast, S.Manolopoulos 12+5reb+2ast, S.Panos 11+3reb+2ast, N.Mitrovic 10+3reb+2ast, G.Arbet 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 231544


Kumanovo - Kavala 94-92

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Greek Kavala (3-5) was edged on the road by fifth ranked FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (4-3) 94-92 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kavala won fourth quarter 28-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kumanovo 2009 made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 23 points. The best for the losing side was American forward William Coleman (206-88, college: Memphis) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and Scottish-Nigerian Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kumanovo 2009 moved-up to third place in Group C. Kavala lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will face again Kavala (#5) at home in the next round. Kavala will play against the league's leader Levski Sofia.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: I.Dimcevski 23+4reb+2ast, U.Lukovic 17+10reb, A.Kostoski 14+7reb+8ast, M.Janevski 12+1reb, A.Lee-Ingram 12+3reb, D.Mikic 7+3reb
Kavala: W.Coleman 26+11reb+1ast, N.Mitrovic 17+2reb+1ast, D.Tairu 14+2reb+2ast, K.Achara 11+7reb+2ast, G.Arbet 10+3reb+3ast, S.Panos 6+3reb
gschID: 234459


Last Four
Mornar Bar - OKK Beograd 102-96

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar and 4th placed Serbian OKK Beograd had identical 0-3 record. This time Mornar Bar used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Beograd 102-96 on Tuesday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But OKK Beograd won third quarter 28-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American point guard Hank Thorns (175-89, college: TCU) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 assists. Serbian forward Lazar Radosavljevic (204-91, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 18 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Bosnian-Serbian forward Nikola Jeftic (202-85) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Milorad Sutulovic (196-90) scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mornar Bar maintains third place in Group D with 1-3 record having seven points less than leader Levski Sofia. It was OKK Beograd's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Mornar Bar will face league's leader Kozuv in Gevgelija in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. OKK Beograd will play on the road against the league's second-placed Djuro Djakovic in Slavonski Brod and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: H.Thorns 25+10ast, L.Radosavljevic 18+1reb+4ast, S.Tosic 12+5reb+1ast, V.Pavic 11+9reb, M.Mikovic 10+1reb, M.Damjanovic 9+2reb+4ast
OKK Beograd: N.Jeftic 28+12reb+1ast, M.Sutulovic 20+5reb+4ast, S.Knezevic 19+5reb, M.Pavlovic 15+9reb+4ast, L.Maksimovic 7+2reb+2ast, V.Malidzan 4+5reb+9ast
gschID: 233553
  



Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Awards 2016 - Apr 21, 2016


Finals MVP: Jason Washburn (210-C-90) of Sigal Prishtina;
Player of the Year: Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85) of Sigal Prishtina;
Guard of the Year: Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88) of Sigal Prishtina;
Forward of the Year: Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85) of Sigal Prishtina;
Center of the Year: Jason Washburn (210-C-90) of Sigal Prishtina;
Defensive Player of the Year: Jason Washburn (210-C-90) of Sigal Prishtina;
European Player of the Year: Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88) of Sigal Prishtin  
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KK Mornar - Sigal Prishtina 75:68 Sigal Pristhina celebrated the second consecutive Balkan League title. The Kosovo powerhouse beat KK Mornar on aggregate in the championship series to defend the title. Sigal Prishtina entered the return leg clash enjoying 14-point lead from Game 1. But Mornar got to an energetic start. The Montenegrin side grabbed a 23:15 lead after ten minutes. Sigal Prishtina however bounced back in the second term. The visitors denied the deficit and pulled ahead fo...   [read more]

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Mohamed Abukar MVP of Balkan League - Apr 15, 2016

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Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1 Mornar Bar 4-2 
 2 Beroe 4-2 
 3 Teodo Tivat 3-3 
 4 Bashkimi 1-5 
Group D
 1 Sigal Prishtina 6-0 
 2 Kozuv 3-3 
 3 Peja 2-4 
 4 Levski 2014 1-5 
Stage One Standings
Points Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Jones, Canterbury21.6 
 2. Jones, Mornar Bar20.6 
 3. Delic, Peja19.0 
 4. Berisha, Sigal P.18.5 
 5. Penn, Kozuv17.8 
 6. Abukar, Sigal P.17.7 
 7. Washburn, Sigal P.17.5 
 8. Waller, Mornar Bar17.2 
 9. Ivanov, Bahia B.17.0 
 10. Simeonov, Levski16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert SAMPSON
  Mornar B.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Sampson, Mornar B.9.1 
 2. Washburn, Sigal P.8.8 
 3. Delic, Peja8.7 
 4. Shima, Sigal P.8.6 
 5. Jones, Canterbury8.0 
 6. Simeonov, Levski7.7 
 7. Johnson, Teodo T.7.5 
 8. Davis, Peja7.2 
 9. Radunovic, Mornar6.9 
 10. Doychinov, Levski6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler LASER
  Kavala
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Laser, Kavala6.0 
 2. Kemp, Sigal Prisht.6.0 
 3. Yanev, Levski 20145.5 
 4. Hajrizi, Peja5.0 
 5. Bussey, Bashkimi4.5 
 6. Jovanovic, Lovcen4.5 
 7. Chatman, Mornar B.4.5 
 8. El-Amin, Goettingen4.3 
 9. Berisha, Sigal P.4.3 
 10. Burwell, Peja4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jones, Canterbury2.6 
 2. Jovanovic, Lovcen2.1 
 3. Bussey, Bashkimi2.1 
 4. Tmusic, Lovcen2.0 
 5. Veseli, Peja2.0 
 6. Berisha, Sigal P.2.0 
 7. White, Kozuv2.0 
 8. Waller, Mornar Bar2.0 
 9. Penn, Kozuv1.9 
 10. Barnes, Beroe1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jason WASHBURN
  Sigal P.
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Washburn, Sigal P.2.0 
 2. Petric, Lovcen1.5 
 3. Vujosevic, Mornar1.3 
 4. Sampson, Mornar B.1.2 
 5. Doychinov, Levski1.2 
 6. Arsic, Teodo Tivat1.1 
 7. Jones, Canterbury0.9 
 8. Uzas, Bashkimi0.8 
 9. Hajrizi, Peja0.7 
 10. Muldrow, Niaga.0.7 
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