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NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Acad. 25-2 
 2. Balkan 21-6 
 3. Beroe 20-7 
 4. Rilski 18-9 
 5. Cherno More 13-14 
 6. Spartak Pleven 12-15 
 7. Levski 2014 11-16 
 8. Yambol 7-20 
 9. Akademik PL 6-21 
 10. Chernomorets 2-25 

Rilski Sportist clinch Cup title (Photo:
Points Per Game
 Milijan BOCKA
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Bocka, Yambol20.3 
 2. Jovovic, Akademik.20.3 
 3. Bjelic, MCO18.5 
 4. Koev, Chernomorets17.6 
 5. Simeonov, Levski16.6 
 6. Williams, Chernomo.16.1 
 7. Sakic, Lukoil Acad.16.0 
 8. Turner, Rilski15.9 
 9. Iliev, Cherno More15.6 
 10. Savic, Spartak14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Bjelic, MCO12.5 
 2. Marincheshki, Spar.9.7 
 3. Savic, Spartak9.4 
 4. Gugino, Rilski9.2 
 5. Sakic, Lukoil Acad.8.2 
 6. Agre, Yambol7.4 
 7. Koev, Chernomorets7.3 
 8. Simeonov, Levski7.1 
 9. Barovic, Lukoil Ac.7.1 
 10. Nikolov, Stal Ost.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler LASER
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Laser, Kavala5.9 
 2. Aleksiev, Beroe5.8 
 3. Bocka, Yambol5.3 
 4. Gruev, Spartak5.2 
 5. Williams, Chernomo.5.2 
 6. Ratkovica, Lukoil5.1 
 7. Turner, Rilski4.8 
 8. Bellfield, Akademi.4.8 
 9. Velickovic, Spartak4.7 
 10. Karavaev, Chernom.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Donnell TAYLOR
  Lukoil Acad.
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Taylor, Lukoil Aca.2.5 
 2. Bocka, Yambol2.4 
 3. Timberlake, Month.1.9 
 4. Turner, Rilski1.9 
 5. Nikolov, Stal Ostr.1.8 
 6. Bellfield, Akademi.1.7 
 7. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.6 
 8. Slaveykov, Levski1.5 
 9. Simeonov, Levski1.4 
 10. Ratkovica, Lukoil1.4 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bjelic, MCO1.8 
 2. Doychinov, Levski1.2 
 3. Milutinovic, Levski1.0 
 4. Barovic, Lukoil Ac.0.8 
 5. Maravic, Vienna0.8 
 6. Cvetkovic, Balkan0.7 
 7. Banev, Lukoil Acad.0.7 
 8. Varbanov, Balkan0.6 
 9. Cvetkovic, Chernom.0.6 
 10. Simeonov, Levski0.6 
Bulgarian men teams in Euro cups 2015-2016
 FIBA Europe Cup:
 Balkan League:
Season 2015-2016
List of Players
List of Imports

Martin Durchev is 2016 All-Star Game MVP (Photo:

Lukoil Academic Sofia wins the Bulgarian NBL 2015-2016 title (Photo:

Lukoil Academic Sofia 2015-16
Toni Dechev Toni Dechev Dechev
Chad Timberlake
Zeljko Sakic
Dimitar Dimitrov
Aleksandar Iliev
Branislav Ratkovica
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
24  Timberlake Chad 194 (6'5'') G 84 USA
3  Sakic Zeljko 204 (6'9'') F 88 Croatia
34  Dimitrov Dimitar 203 (6'8'') PF 93 Bulgaria
31  Iliev Aleksandar 194 (6'5'') SG 96 Bulgaria
6  Ratkovica Branislav 192 (6'4'') G 85 Serbia
 Barovic Filip 207 (6'10'') F/C 90 Montenegro
13  Velikov Asen 187 (6'2'') PG 86 Bulgaria
30  Minkov Kris 199 (6'7'') SG 94 Bulgaria
22  Ivanov Pavlin 195 (6'5'') SG 93 Bulgaria
 Avramov Bozhidar 196 (6'5'') G 90 Italy
14  Banev Tencho 207 (6'10'') C 80 Bulgaria
 Georgiev Aleksandar 203 (6'8'') F 90 Bulgaria
8  Kolev Nikolay 205 (6'9'') C 88 Bulgaria
33  Grozev Nikolay 200 (6'7'') SF 94 Bulgaria
23  Vasilev Rumen 204 (6'9'') C 96 Bulgaria
Head Coach: Toni Dechev
Coach Assistant: Yavor Asparuhov All-Bulgarian League Awards 2016 - May 29, 2016 All-Bulgarian League 1st Team 2016
Frank Turner
Filip Videnov
Hristo Zahariev
Aleks Simeonov
Zeljko Sakic

Player of the Year: Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Lukoil Acad.
Guard of the Year: Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Rilski
Forward of the Year: Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) of Levski 2014
Center of the Year: Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Lukoil Acad.
Sixth Man: Martin Marinov (191-SG-85) of Balkan
Bosman Player of the Year: Milijan Bocka (185-PG-82) of Yambol
Import Player of the Year: Brandon Fortenberry (190-G-90) of Balkan
Domestic Player of the Year: Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93) of Lukoil Acad.
Defensive Player of the Year: Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Balkan
Coach of the Year: Toni Dechev of Lukoil Acad.

1st Team
PG: Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Rilski
SF: Filip Videnov (196-SF-80) of Lukoil Acad.
G/F: Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) of Lukoil Acad.
F: Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) of Levski 2014
F: Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Lukoil Acad.

2nd Team
PG: Milijan Bocka (185-PG-82) of Yambol
SG: Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93) of Lukoil Acad.
G: Tristan Carey (193-G-91) of Rilski
F/C: Filip Barovic (207-F/C-90) of Lukoil Acad.
C: Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Balkan

3rd Team
G: Branislav Ratkovica (192-G-85) of Lukoil Acad.
G: Brandon Fortenberry (190-G-90) of Balkan
PF: Auston Barnes (203-PF-91) of Beroe
F/C: Dimitar Marincheshki (200-F/C-90) of Spartak Pleven
C: Milovan Savic (205-C-87) of Spartak Pleven

Honorable Mention
Uros Velickovic (190-G-83) of Spartak Pleven
Tsvetoslav Ostrev (175-PG-86) of Balkan
Yordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Rilski
Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) of Levski 2014
Evrik Gary (191-G-91) of Beroe
Dusan Cvetkovic (205-C/F-89) of Balkan
Tony Gugino (207-C/F-86) of Rilski

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) of Spartak Pleven
SF: Filip Videnov (196-SF-80) of Lukoil Acad.
SG: Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93) of Lukoil Acad.
F: Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) of Levski 2014
C: Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Balkan

All-Imports Team
PG: Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Rilski
G: Evrik Gary (191-G-91) of Beroe
G: Tristan Carey (193-G-91) of Rilski
C/F: Tony Gugino (207-C/F-86) of Rilski
PF: Auston Barnes (203-PF-91) of Beroe

Courtesy of Maria Mitsova

NBL Round 3 of Finals. Lukoil Academik defend the title - May 23, 2016

Balkan - Lukoil Acad. 81-86

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
gschID: 470919

3-4 Place
Spartak Pleven - Rilski 65-79

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.

Rilski Sportist: Frank Turner 21, Tony Gugino 20, Corey Petros 12
Lukoil: Pavlin Ivanov 15, Donnell Taylor 15

2016 All-Star Game in Plovdiv - Mar 27, 2016

Team Turkish Airlines - Team Volkswagen 124:124

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.

Team Turkish Airlines: Dimitar Dimitrov 24, Filip Videnov 21, Hristo Zahariev 21
Team Volkswagen: Martin Durchev 33, Aleks Simeonov 23, Carey 17

Bulgarian League All-Star Game 2016 Rosters - Mar 28, 2016

Turkish Airlines All-Star Team

Brandon Fortenberry

Filip Videnov

Aleksandar Gruev

Filip Barovic

Tony Gugino

0 Evrik Gary (191-G-91) of Baroe
4 Brandon Fortenberry (190-G-90) of Balkan
Filip Barovic (207-F/C-90) of Lukoil
6 Auston Barnes (203-F-91) of Baroe
8 Filip Videnov (196-SF-80) of Lukoil
Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) of Spartak Pleven
10 Hunter Williams (183-PG-92) of Chernomorets
15 Todor Todorov (200-F/C-82) of Rilski
17 Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) of Levski
32 Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) of Lukoil
34 Dimitar Dimitrov (203-PF-93) of Lukoil
40 Tony Gugino (207-C/F-86) of Rilski

Head Coach: Asen Nikolov of Akademik B.

Volkswagen All-Star Team

Milijan Bocka

Nikolay Varbanov

Martin Durchev

Frank Turner

Zeljko Sakic

1 Tristan Carey (193-G-91) of Rilski
4 Plamen Aleksiev (180-PG-87) of Baroe
6 Milijan Bocka (185-PG-82) of Tundja Y.
11 Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) of Tundja Y.
12 Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) of Levski
13 Bosko Jovovic (205-F/C-83) of Akademik
21 Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Balkan
22 Corey Petros (207-C-92) of Rilski
24 Martin Marinov (191-SG-85) of Balkan
34 Martin Durchev (203-SF-87) of Balkan
Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Rilski
Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Lukoil

Head Coach: Rosen Barchovski of Rilski

by Igor
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