Lukoil Academik defended NBL title. They raced past Balkan to complete the sweep of the championship series. Balkan was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Lukoil Acad. made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Lukoil Acad. outrebounded Balkan 40-26 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Balkan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international Pavlin Ivanov (195-93, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Montenegrin power forward Filip Barovic (207-90, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Lukoil Acad.'s coach Toni Dechev used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Tsvetoslav Ostrev (175-86) who recorded 19 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Serbian power forward Dusan Cvetkovic (205-89, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points respectively. Five Lukoil Acad. and four Balkan players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Balkan: T.Ostrev 19+4reb+7ast, D.Cvetkovic 18+4reb+1ast, M.Marinov 16+5reb+1ast, M.Durchev 10+2reb+2ast, B.Fortenberry 6+3reb+3ast, N.Varbanov 6+5reb+1ast Lukoil Acad.: P.Ivanov 20+5reb+1ast, K.Minkov 19+4reb+1ast, Z.Sakic 14+10reb+2ast, F.Barovic 11+13reb+2ast, B.Ratkovica 10+4ast, D.Dimitrov 4+1reb+1ast
Rilski overcame Spartak Pleven to clinch the Bronze medals. The game without a history. Rilski led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 36. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 43-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American power forward Tony Gugino (207-86, college:Hillsdale) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. The former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Rilski's coach Rosen Barchovski used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Uros Velickovic (190-83) answered with 17 points and 5 assists and power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Spartak Pleven. Top scorers: Spartak Pleven: U.Velickovic 17+2reb+5ast, D.Marincheshki 13+7reb+3ast, A.Sekulov 11+8reb+1ast, S.Francis 9+4reb+1ast, M.Savic 6+4reb+3ast, G.Nikolov 6+3reb+1ast Rilski: T.Gugino 18+16reb, Y.Bozov 17+4reb+4ast, F.Turner 16+6reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 9+2reb+2ast, T.Carey 8+1reb+3ast, L.Kirov 3
Rilski Sportist clinch Cup title - Feb 21, 2016
Rilski Sportist - Lukoil Academik 90:80
Rilski Sportist celebrated the Bulgarian Cup title. They knocked down Lukoil Academik at the Arena Botevgrad tonight. Frank Turner (178-PG-88, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) stepped up with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to pace the victors. Lukoil jumped to an early lead. They built a 23:15 advantage ten minutes into the game. Rilski narrowed the deficit in the second term. They pulled within 7 points 33:40 at the interval. Rilski turned things around in the third period. They ignited a 28:12 run to take a 9-point lead. Rilski unleashed 29 points in the final stanza to ice the win. Tony Gugino (207-C/F-86, college: Hillsdale) had 20 points, while Corey Petros (207-C-93, college: Oakland) added 12 points for the winners. Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) and Donnell Taylor (198-G/F-82, college: UAB) responded with 15 points each for Lukoil.
Team Turkish Airlines and Team Volkswagen ended 2016 All-Star Game in the draw. Martin Durchev (203-SF-87, agency: Octagon Europe) tallied 33 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Team Volkswagen and was named the MVP. Team Turkish Airlines jumped to a 39:29 lead after the starting period. Team Volkswagen cut the distance at 9-point mark at the interval. They went on a 37:18 run in the third term to pull ahead. But Team Turkish Airlines responded with 37 points in the fourth quarter and knotted things up at the end. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) posted 23 points, while Carey added 17 points for Team Volkswagen. Dimitar Dimitrov (203-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) responded with 24 points for Team Turkish Airlines. Filip Videnov (196-SF-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport) and Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) had 21 points each. Andrey Ivanov (206-F/C-96) conquered the Slam Dunk Contest trophy. Plamen Aleksiev (180-PG-87) clinched the Three-Point Shootout Contest victory.
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